Chris Rodesney
Chris Rodesney
Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor : Prof. Gordon
Office: 14.218

Current Teaching

Physics 1 for Scientists (PHY 301)
Office hours: MW 2-3pm, T 3-4pm

Research Interests

My primary research probes the role of structure in early biofilm formation. Using optical tweezers to manipulate cells, we are able to control spatial structure with single-cell precision and observe structure-specific effects during subsequent biofilm growth. My secondary research investigates mechanosensing in surface-associated cells of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Using fluorescent reporters and high-resolution confocal scanning laser microscopy, we can quantify the surface-sensing signaling of cells on various substrates or subjected to various external forces.


Role of Multicellular Aggregates in Biofilm Formation” K. Kragh, J. Hutchison, G. Melaugh, C. Rodesney, A. Roberts, Y. Irie, P. Jensen, S. Diggle, R. Allen, V. Gordon, T. Bjarnsholt. mBio 7, 00237-16 (2016).
Single-Cell Control of Initial Spatial Structure in Biofilm Development Using Laser Trapping” J. Hutchison*, C. Rodesney*, K. Kaushik, H. Le, D. Hurwitz, Y. Irie, V. Gordon. Langmuir 30, 4522–4530 (2014).


B. S. – Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology (2012)


Graduate Research Assistant
University of Texas at Austin
Advisor – Professor Vernita Gordon
2012 to 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Texas at Austin
Physics I Lab for Engineers (PHY 103M)
Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring, Fall 2013
Physics I for Scientists (PHY 301)
Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring, Fall 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2012

Assistant Instructor

University of Texas at Austin
Physical Science for Non-Scientists (P S 303)
Fall 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Georgia Institute of Technology
Advisor – Professor Roman Grigoriev
2011 to 2012