Research Grant Awardees in 2014

We are pleased to present the 13 recipients of a research grant in 2014 who received up to EUR 20'000 each for their projects.


Paula Espinal, Barcelona, Spain
Ana Sofia Ferreira, Lisbon, Portugal
Gabriela Flores-Ramirez, Bratislava, Slovakia
Mateja Jelen, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Bostjan J. Kocjan, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Anália Lourenço, Ourense, Spain
Michael McConnell, Seville, Spain
Jana Basas Satorras, Barcelona, Spain
Cynthia Mira Sharma, Würzburg, Germany
Isabel Soares Silva, Porto, Portugal
Sandra Sousa, Porto, Portugal
Debby van Riel, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
M. Isabel Veiga, Braga, Portugal

Paula Espinal

Microbiology, Centre Esther Koplowitz, Barcelona, Spain


Relationship between resistance mechanisms and potential virulence in Acinetobacter spp. strains using the Caenorhabditis elegans model

Ana Sofia Ferreira

BSRG, Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (IBB)/Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal


How do bacterial phosphotyrosine phosphatase proteins modulate host-pathogen interactions?

Gabriela Flores-Ramirez

Department of Rickettsiology, Institute of Virology, Bratislava, Slovakia


Profile of the protein response in the process to tetracycline resistance by Coxiella burnetii

Mateja Jelen

Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Genome sequencing analysis of more than 2,000 vaccine-relevant, globally circulating, human papillomavirus HPV-6 and HPV-11 isolates

Bostjan J. Kocjan

Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Determination of molecular mechanisms of low-risk HPV-mediated carcinogenesis

Anália Lourenço

University of Vigo, Ourense, Spain


Reconstruction of polymicrobial interactions in infections: the case of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans cross talk in ventilator-associated pneumonia

Michael McConnell

Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, Biomedical Institute of Seville, Seville, Spain


Identification of novel antibiotic targets for Acinetobacter baumannii through the characterization of metabolic genes required for biofilm formation, virulence and infection

Jana Basas Satorras

Infectious Diseases, Hospital Universitari Vall d´Hebron, Barcelona, Spain


PLGA nanoparticles as specific carriers for nebulized drug delivery of antibiotic combinations against respiratory infections caused by high-risk clones of P. aeruginosa in the murine model

Cynthia Mira Sharma

Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB)/ Research Center for Infectious Diseases (ZINF), University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany


New 3D-infection models based on tissue-engineering to study pathogenicity of Helicobacter pylori and Campylobacter jejuni

Based upon her outstanding research proposal, she has been awarded an ESCMID/FEMS Research Fellowship 2014.

Isabel Soares Silva

Serviço de Nefrologia, Hospital de S. João, Porto, Portugal


Establishment of an in vitro model system for the study of biofilm formation in haemodialysis tunneled catheters

Sandra Sousa

Infection and Immunity, Group of Molecular Microbiology, IBMC, Porto, Portugal


Novel interfaces during host responses to pore forming toxins: crosstalk between ER chaperones and cytoskeletal proteins

Debby van Riel

Viroscience, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Cell-to-cell transmission of influenza viruses along the olfactory route

M. Isabel Veiga

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


The ATP-binding cassette transporters Plasmodium falciparum multidrug resistance proteins (pfMRPs) and their relevance in antimalarial drug resistance

Based upon her outstanding research proposal, she has been awarded an ESCMID/FEMS Research Fellowship 2014.