Research Grant Awardees in 2013

We are pleased to present the 15 recipients of a research grant in 2013 who received up to EUR 20'000 each for their projects.


Elisa Borghi, Milan, Italy
Cinzia Borgogna, Novara, Italy
Alma Brolund, Stockholm, Sweden
Valentina Dell'Oste, Turin, Italy
Ana Raquel Freitas, Maia, Portugal
Carolina Garcia Vidal, Barcelona, Spain
Markus Hilty, Berne, Switzerland
Susan Howard, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Rasmus Hare Jensen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sona Kucharikova, Leuven-Heverlee, Belgium
Beatrice Mercorelli, Padova, Italy
Paolo Miotto, Milan, Italy
Thomas Parks, Oxford, United Kingdom
Aurelie Renvoise, Paris, France
Kati Seidl, Zurich, Switzerland

Elisa Borghi
Department of Health Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
Sphingolipid targeting in microbial infection and inflammation

Cinzia Borgogna
Department of Translational Medicine, University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy
Dissecting the role of human beta-papilloma and polyomavirus in the initiation and progression of skin cancer in organ transplant recipients

Alma Brolund
Department of Analysis and Prevention, Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control, Stockholm, Sweden
Plasmidome sequencing of extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae isolated from the fecal flora of carriers at five timepoints during one year 

Valentina Dell'Oste
Department of Public Health and Pediatric Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
A multidisciplinary approach to dissect the role of viral infections in the pathogenesis of systemic autoimmune diseases

Ana Raquel Freitas
REQUIMTE-Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Maia, Portugal
Identification of the risk factors promoting the emergence of Enterococcus faecium at the interphase between humans, foodborne animals and the environment

Based upon her outstanding research proposal, she has been awarded an FEMS/ESCMID Research Fellowship 2013.

Carolina Garcia Vidal
Infectious Diseases Department, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge-IDIBELL, Barcelona, Spain

Use of innate immune response markers for early diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in acute leukemia and/or stem cell transplant recipients

Markus Hilty
Institute of Infectious Diseases, University of Bern, Berne, Switzerland
Dynamics of the respiratory tract microbiota in infants with cystic fibrosis and significance for disease progression

Susan Howard
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Pharmacodynamics of voriconazole against Fusarium spp and Scedosporium apiospermum: identification of in vitro susceptibility breakpoints and targets for therapeutic drug monitoring

Based upon her outstanding research proposal, she has been awarded an FEMS/ESCMID Research Fellowship 2013.


Rasmus Hare Jensen
Microbiology and Infection Control, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark
Uncovering antifungal resistance in clinical Candida and Aspergillus: prevalence and underlying molecular resistance mechanisms

Sona Kucharikova
Department of Molecular Microbiology, Lab of Molecular Cell Biology, Leuven-Heverlee, Belgium
First study dedicated to detailed characterization of mature Candida glabrata biofilm development in a subcutaneous rat model and its susceptibility to fluconazole and echinocandin drugs: micafungin, caspofungin and anidulafungin

Beatrice Mercorelli
Molecular Medicine, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
Development of novel compounds for combination antiviral therapy against influenza virus

Paolo Miotto
Division of Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy
Small RNAs regulating the transcriptome involved in the intracellular survival of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Thomas Parks
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Host genetic susceptibility to invasive group A streptococcal disease

Aurelie Renvoise
Laboratoire de Bactériologie, Faculté de Médecine Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
Whole genome sequencing approach for investigating the highly transmissible Beijing MDR isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis circulating in France and in Europe

Kati Seidl
Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Mechanisms and consequences of Staphylococcus aureus induced endotheilal damage