ESCMID Young Investigator Awards 2013
The 2013 awards went to Thomas Bjarnsholt and Vincent Cattoir for their outstanding scientific achievements.
Vincent Cattoir, Paris, France
Vincent is currently associate professor at the University of Caen Basse-Normandie as well as head of the clinical microbiology department at the University Hospital of Caen, France. Succeeding his mentor Prof Roland Leclercq, he is also the director of the Enterococci lab, affi liated with the National Reference Center for Antimicrobial Resistance. After an Internship in Medical Biology in the Paris area (1998 – 2003) and obtaining an MSc in Prof Patrice Courvalin’s lab at the Pasteur Institute (2001 – 2002), he completed his Residency in Clinical Microbiology (2003 – 2008) at the Henri Mondor University Hospital, Créteil, France. From 2006 to 2008, he earned his PhD under the supervision of Prof Patrice Nordmann in the INSERM unit U914, Kremlin-Bicêtre, France. During 2010 – 2012, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the lab headed by Prof Stephen Lory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
Vincent Cattoir received his award during the ESCMID Young Investigator Awards Session on 30 April 2013. During the session, he presented his paper: ‘Enterococcus faecium and Pseudomonas aeruginosa: two models of opportunistic pathogens’.
During his training, Vincent Cattoir successively worked on Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial species, mainly on the characterisation of new mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance. Notably, he worked on effl ux-mediated fl uoroquinolone resistance in Listeria monocytogenes and plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance in Enterobacteriacae during his MSc and his PhD, respectively. As leader of a research group in the EA4655 unit at the University of Caen Basse-Normandie, his current research still focuses on antimicrobial resistance in Gram-positives but has expanded to the study of virulence and resistance traits of the opportunistic species Enterococcus faecium and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, especially by using new, high throughput sequencing methods (such as comparative genomics and whole transcriptome analysis by RNA-seq) of which he gained knowledge during his post-doctoral fellowship.