Research Grant Awardees in 2016

We are pleased to present the 15 recipients of a research grant in 2016 who received up to EUR 20'000 each for their projects (one supported with EUR 50'000 funding).


Francesca Borgo, Milan, Italy
Aurélie Crabbé, Ghent, Belgium
Eric Durand, Marseille, France
Val Fernandez Lanza, Madrid, Spain
Rachel Floyd, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Irina Franco, Caparica, Portugal
Marion Girardot, Poitiers, France
Nicola Ivan Lorè, Milan, Italy
Eric Martinez, Montpellier, France
John Penders, Maastricht, Netherlands
Juan Manuel Pericas, Barcelona, Spain
Patricia Reed, Oeiras, Portugal
Teresa Rito, Braga, Portugal
Claire Smith, London, United Kingdom
Marc Torrent Burgas, Barcelona, Spain

Francesca Borgo

Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Health Sciences, Milan, Italy


Little foetal life: sterile or not sterile?

Aurélie Crabbé

Ghent University, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ghent, Belgium


Unraveling the role of the host microenvironment on the efficacy of antimicrobial agents

Eric Durand

CNRS – UMR7255, LISM – IMM, Marseille, France


Structure and biogenesis of the type VI secretion system (T6SS) baseplate: towards the identification of virulence inhibitors

Val Fernandez Lanza

Instituto Ramon y Cajal de Investigacion Sanitaria, Microbiologia, Madrid, Spain


Decrypting the nosocomial resistome using metagenomic targeted capture platforms: towards metagenomic epidemiology in public health

Rachel Floyd

University of Liverpool, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Liverpool, United Kingdom


Elucidating the role of hormone-mediated bacterial adaptation in urinary tract infections

Irina Franco

UCIBIO - Requimte, Department of Life Sciences, Caparica, Portugal


Identification of new virulence mechanisms of a Legionella pneumophila strain recently isolated from a major outbreak in Portugal

Marion Girardot

Faculty of Medicine Pharmacy, Laboratory of Ecology and Biology of the Interactions  UMR CNRS 7267, Poitiers, France


Candida albicans-Propionibacterium acnes mixed biofilm: in vitro development, characterization and potential treatment by focussing on raspberry wood

Nicola Ivan Lorè

Ospedale San Raffaele, Infections and Cystic Fibrosis Unit, Milan, Italy


Tracking down the host immunological and genetic determinants influencing the severity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia

Eric Martinez

CPBS FRE 3689 CNRS/UM, Cell Biology of Bacterial Infections, Montpellier, France


Deciphering the macrophage response to Coxiella invasin OmpA

John Penders

Maastricht University Medical Centre, Medical Microbiology, Maastricht, Netherlands


Impact of travel to resource-limited destinations on the gastrointestinal resistome

Juan Manuel Pericas
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Infectious Diseases, Barcelona, Spain


Experimental and clinical study of the relationship between vancomycin MIC in methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and the prognosis of left-sided MSSA infective endocarditis

Based upon his outstanding research proposal, he has been awarded the ESCMID/FEMS Research Fellowship 2016.

Patricia Reed

ITQB, Biology, Oeiras, Portugal


The role of cell wall synthetic enzymes in surface protein presentation in Staphylococcus aureus

Teresa Rito

Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) University of Minho, Microbiology and Infection Research Domain, Braga, Portugal


Characterization of the genetic diversity of the LTA4H locus in tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus patients

Claire Smith

UCL, RCCA/Institute of Child Health, London, United Kingdom


Do viruses have a role in antibiotic susceptibility?

Marc Torrent Burgas

Vall d'Hebron Research Institute, Barcelona, Spain


Agglutinating peptide hECP24, a new drug to fight antimicrobial resistance