The overarching goal of our group is to enhance our understanding of the evolution of microbial virulence and to better understand the drivers of infectious disease emergence and the ecological origins of these microbial organisms.
We are particularly interested in the evolution of environmental human pathogens in the context of their adaptation to their environment.
In this context, we are interested in the wide range of interactions of microorganisms in the environment that could drive the emergence of infectious diseases.
We are currently working with two important environmental and zoonotic pathogens: Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli.
Ongoing projects include:
Discovery and characterization of novel components and effector proteins of the Type III Secretion System 2 (T3SS2) of Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
Genomic epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance and and host-pathogen interaction studies of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli.
Functional genomic studies to unravel novel aspects of the interaction of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Campylobacter with host cells.