Research Grant Awardees in 2019

We are pleased to present the 15 recipients of a research grant in 2019 who received up to EUR 20'000 each for their projects.


Eveline Snelders

Wageningen University, Laboratory of Genetics,Wageningen, Netherlands


Project: From notion to motion: the role of recombination in the fungal pathogen A. fumigatus

Janna Schurer

Tufts University, Infectious Disease and Global Health, Kingston, Canada

Project: Cystic echinococcosis in people and livestock in Rwanda

Rebecca Drummond

University of Birmingham, Institute Immunology & Immunotherapy, Institute Biomedical Research, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Project: Fungi on the brain: interrogating host-pathogen interactions during fungal meningitis

Ricardo Silvestre

University of Minho, School of Medicine, Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), Braga, Portugal

Project: Feeding immunity: development of new nutraceuticals for visceral leishmaniasis

Xinzhu Wang

Imperial College, Jefferiss Research Trust Laboratories, London, United Kingdom

Project: New therapeutic targets for hepatitis B virus

Lynne Harris

National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Project: Genetically modified Plasmodium expressing the antigenic target Pv-pLDH: A novel tool to enhance P. vivax diagnostics

Widagdo Widagdo

Erasmus Medical Center, Viroscience, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Project: The role of aging in MERS-CoV pathogenesis

Mark Gresnigt

Leibniz Institut for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Jena, Germany

Project: Sensing of circulating host factors by Candida albicans: unraveling the influence of host factors on fungal pathogenicity and virulence

Arthur Wouter Dante Edridge

University of Amsterdam, Departments of Medical Microbiology and Global Child Health, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Project: Exploring the burden of Ntwetwe virus in Ugandan children

Maria Clara Póvoa Cabral

Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Galicia Sur, Grupo de Investigación en Microbiología e Infectología, Vigo, Spain

Project: Engineering lactobacilli for intranasal immunization against the emerging enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections and prevention of acute flaccid myelitis

Francesca Tamarozzi

Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Infectious Diseases, Rome, Italy

Project: Pilot ultrasound survey of human cystic echinococcosis in livestock-keeping communities of Northern Tanzania

Izabela Rodenhuis-Zybert

University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen, Medical Microbiology, Groningen, Netherlands


Project: From guardian to aggressor: structural requirements underlying dichotomy of TLR2 function in Dengue virus

Pedro Ferreira

University of Minho, Microbiology and Infection Research Domain, Braga, Portugal

Project: Implications of hemoglobin catabolism in antimalarial resistance

 Sofia A. Cerqueira

UNL - NOVA Medical School Chronic Diseases Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal


Project: Decoding immunometabolism to thwart HIV-1 follicular reservoir

Margherita Bertuzzi

University of Manchester, Manchester Fungal Infection Group, Manchester, United Kingdom


Project: Antifungal potency of the airway epithelium in health and disease

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