Research Grant Awardees in 2018

We are pleased to present the 15 recipients of a research grant in 2018 who received up to EUR 20'000 each for their projects.


Amaia Zuñiga-Ripa

Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (Navarra) Spain


Role of erythritol, glutamate, lactate and glycerol in the genital tropism of Brucella

Anca Lelia Riza

Department of Infectious Diseases, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands


Tuberculosis in Romania: Improved Drug-Resistance Detection and Molecular Epidemiological Understanding Through Whole Genome Sequencing (DRD-ME)

Carsten Kröger

Department of Microbiology, Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland


Are regulatory RNAs crucial for antibiotic resistance and virulence gene expression in the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii?

Christian Lesterlin

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Structural Biochemistry, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyon, France


Acquisition and establishment of drug resistance through bacterial gene transfer

Davide Roncarati

Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna, Bologna Italy


The essential transcriptional regulator HP1043 of Helicobacter pylori: a new target for the design of a new antibacterial drug

Emma Birnie

Division of Infectious Diseases, Center for Experimental Molecular Medicine & Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands


In search for melioidosis in Nigeria, an environmental, clinical and sero-epidemiological surveillance of Burkholderia pseudomallei

Geneviève Garriss

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden


Role of bacteriophages in the evolution and virulence of the human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae

Maria João Catalão

Microbiology and Immunology, University of Lisbon,  Lisbon, Portugal


Decoding the peptidoglycan patterns associated with beta-lactams hypersusceptibility in drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Mehreen Anjum

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark


Elucidating the dynamics of foodborne transmission of ESBL plasmids using a gnotobiotic mice model

Mireia Coscolla

Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2sysBio), University of Valencia C, Paterna (Valencia) Spain


Genetic basis of host pathogen interaction of tuberculosis in West Africa

Natalia Munoz-Wolf

Department for Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Science Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland


Investigating the role of Mal/TIRAP and the Mal-S180L SNP as determinants of susceptibility to pneumococcal disease and antipneumococcal vaccine efficacy.

ESCMID/FEMS Research Fellowship 2018.

Nico Lachmann

Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany


iPSC-derived macrophages targeting antibiotic resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis

Santiago Ramon-García

Vice-chancellor of Research, University of Zaragoza C, Zaragoza, Spain


Identification of novel therapies for difficult to treat cystic fibrosis pulmonary infections caused by mycobacteria using an innovative technology: synergy screens of clinically approved drugs

Sara Dias

Department of Neurology, Center of Infection and Immunity Amsterdam (CINIMA) Academical Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands


The role of sex steroid hormones in bacterial meningitis

Vítor Borges

Department of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Lisboa, Portugal


TraSyph - Tracing the Treponema pallidum genetic footprints associated with syphilis outcomes and stages