Research Grant Awardees in 2017

We are pleased to present the 14 recipients of a research grant in 2017 who received up to EUR 20'000 each for their projects.

Tiffany Bouchery, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
Agostinho Carvalho, Braga, PORTUGAL
Alexandre Dufour, Paris, FRANCE
Celia Fernández Rubio, Pamplona, SPAIN
Ron Geller, Paterna, SPAIN
Laurence Josset, Lyon, FRANCE
Björn Ferry Koel, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Vinod Kumar Magadi Gopalaiah, Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Mara Mariconti, Pavia, ITALY
Selinda Orr, Cardiff, UNITED KINGDOM
Valentina Palmieri, Rome, ITALY
Xaver Sewald, Munich, GERMANY
Leighann Sherry, Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
Jessica Thompson, Oeiras, PORTUGAL

Tiffany Bouchery

Laboratory of Intestinal Immunology, EPFL-SV-GHI-UPHARRIS, Lausanne, Switzerland


Identification of new anti-hookworm drugs by high-throughput screening of natural compounds 

Based upon her outstanding research proposal, she has been awarded the ESCMID/FEMS Research Fellowship 2017.

Agostinho Carvalho

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


The genetic architecture of the immune response to Aspergillus fumigatus: from biological understanding to therapeutic intervention

Alexandre Dufour

Institut Pasteur, Cell Biology and Infection, Paris, France


Amoebactin: an image-based phenotypic screening approach for drug discovery against parasitic diseases

Celia Fernández Rubio

Institute of Tropical Health and Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain


Role of IPS-1 in metastatic leishmaniasis development through Leishmania RNA virus

Ron Geller

University of Valencia, Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Paterna, Spain


Defining the role of Hsp90 co-chaperones in RSV replication

Laurence Josset

Hospices Civils de Lyon,  Laboratoire de Virologie Institut des Agents Infectieux, Lyon, France


Impact of the respiratory microbiome on influenza severity

Björn Ferry Koel

AMC Amsterdam, Medical Microbiology, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Understanding the emergence of epidemic influenza virus variants in humans

Vinod Kumar Magadi Gopalaiah

University Medical Center Groningen, Genetics, Groningen, Netherlands


A “proteo-genomics” approach to human fungal infections

Mara Mariconti

University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy


Point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests in for the diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis in endemic settings: a field study in Kazakhstan

Selinda Orr

Cardiff University, Infection and Immunity, Cardiff, United Kingdom


Modulating the immune response to clear Candida infections

Valentina Palmieri

Catholic University of SH, Physics Institute, Roma, Italy


Graphene-based biomimetic cloaks - the next-generation antibacterial coating for medical devices

Xaver Sewald

LMU Munich, Max von Pettenkofer Institute, Virology, Munich, Germany


Elucidating the mechanism of retrovirus transmission across mucosal barriers

Leighann Sherry

University of Glasgow, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing , Glasgow, United Kingdom


Evaluating biofilm formation and transcriptome analysis of the emerging pathogen Candida auris

Jessica Thompson

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal


Microbe-glycan antibodies and malaria protection