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1. Resume

Short summary of skills, experience and career objective

I am a motivated, enthusiastic and communicative scientist with experience in microbiology, molecular biology applied to infectious diseases. Since I am a veterinarian, I have been working within a One Health setting. I am particularly interested in microbial genomics, since most of my expertise in infectious diseases is based on the use of whole genome sequencing and its data analysis.
I would like to be able to apply and cascade the knowledge gained through the ECDC fellowship programme and during my PhD and Msc but also to learn from my peers/supervisors in order to contribute to the delivery of excellent outputs.









Residence country


2. Professional experience

Career level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Medical speciality / field of interest

Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Public Health, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry

Medical speciality field of interest other

Veterinary Public Health and Zoonosis

Research profile

-Communicable infectious diseases and Public health researcher
-Zoonosis and One Health

3. Current (last) position held

Current employer company

Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)

Current employer name of lead clinician

Franz Allerberger

Current employer city


Current employer country


Job title

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Fellow- European Public Health Microbiology Training Programme

Duration start


Further work experience

02/2017– 09/2017: Genomics consultant assistant at MMGC (Molecular Microbiology and Genomics Consultants. Website:

07/2016– 02/2017: Postdoctoral researcher at VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre, Madrid, Spain - Foodborne Zoonoses and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit, Madrid, Spain

11 2011–07/2016: Predoctoral researcher at Research Institute for game resources (IREC), Ciudad Real, Spain / VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre, Madrid, Spain - Foodborne Zoonoses and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit, Madrid, Spain. Work contract associated to ANTIGONE Project EU FP7 (nº 278976)

09/2010–09/2011: Intern researcher at University Hospital Miguel Servet, Zaragoza, Spain - Mycobacterial genetics: SNP detection among a set of clinical M. tuberculosis isolates.

04/2010-09/2010: Intern researcher at INIAV- National Institute of Agriculture and Veterinary Research, Lisbon, Portugal. Molecular typing techniques for the study of Bovine tuberculosis in Portugal: Spoligotyping y MIRU- VNTR.

02/2010-04/2010: Laboratory technician at CALYDE, San Mateo de Gállego, Zaragoza, Spain
.Microbiological analysis of ready-to-eat products. Microbiological control of water, surfaces and food manipulators.

4. Education

Education and qualifications

10/2015-07/2016: Specialist diploma in Bioinformatics Analysis at University Pablo Olavide, Sevilla (Spain.)

11/2011-07/2016: PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)
Thesis title: Distribution, quantification and characterization of Escherichia coli virulence genes in animals, humans and environmental sources.

10/2015-12/2015: PhD internship at the Istituto Superiore di Sanitá, European Reference Laboratory for VTEC, Rome, Italy

09/2014-11/2014: PhD internship at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute for Animal Health (FLI), National Reference Laboratory for VTEC, Jena, Germany.

09/2013-10/2013: Expert Course in Antigone One Health at
Research Institute for game resources (IREC-UCLM), Ciudad Real, Spain. Course topics: Principles of emergency of infectious diseases; pandemics; vector-borne diseases, interspecies barriers in the disease transmission, etc.

09/2010-09/2011: Msc in Molecular and cellular biology at
Faculty of Sciences, University of Zaragoza (Spain).

09/2004-07/2009: BSc in Veterinary Science at Veterinary Faculty, University of Zaragoza (Spain).

5. Language skills, special skills, IT-knowledge

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Special skills

-Advanced skills in whole genome sequencing applied to microbiology (microbial genomics).
-Advanced skills in Quantitative real-time PCR.
-Good communication skills, ability of working in international environments, multidisciplinary teams and under pressure.

IT knowledge

-SPSS and STATA (basic level)
-R and Perl programming for bioinformatics(basic level)
-Microsoft office (user level)
-Ridom Seqsphere (advanced level)

Other qualifications

-Good publication record:
P. Hufnagl, A. Cabal, W. Ruppitsch, A. Indra, M. Markowicz, G. Stanek, et al. Outbreak of infestation with body lice in a home for assisted living, Austria (2018). International Journal of Infectious Diseases,79:126 – 127. DOI:

Jarne M. van Hattem, Adriana Cabal, Maris S. Arcilla, Julio Alvarez, Menno D. de Jong, Damian C. Melles, et al. Risk of acquisition of human diarrhoeagenic Escherichia coli virulence genes in intercontinental travellers: A prospective, multi-centre study. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease (2019)

Cabal, A, Schmid, D, Lepuschitz, A, Stöger, A, Blaschitz, M, Allerberger, F, et al. Nosocomial outbreak of group A Streptococcus puerperal sepsis. Clin Microbiol Infec. In press. Accepted: 30.11.2018.

Hirk S, Lepuschitz S, Cabal Rosel A, Huhulescu S, Blaschitz M, Stöger A, et al. 2018. Draft genome sequences of interpatient and intrapatient epidemiologically linked Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates. Genome Announc 6:e00319-18. Publication date: 19/04/2018.

Cabal, A, SR. Jun, V. Wanchai, P. Jenjaroenpun, I. Nookaew, T. Wonsurawat, MJ. et al. (2017). Genome-based phylogeny of Clostridioides difficile: average amino acid identity analysis of core genomes. Microbial Ecology. Publication date: 14/02/2018.

Cabal, A, Wassenaar TM, Ussery DW. (2017) Gender differences in the gut microbiome and how these affect cardiovascular diseases. In: Gender Differences in the Pathogenesis and Management of Heart Disease (JL Metha, J McSweeney, Eds). Springer. In press.

Wassenaar, T and Cabal, A. The mobile dso-gene-sso element in rolling circles plasmids of staphylococci reflects the evolutionary history of its resistance gene. Letters in Applied Microbioloy. 2017;65(3):192-8. Publication date: 21/12/2016.

Cabal, A., Vicente, J., Alvarez, J., Barasona, J.A., Boadella, M., Domínguez, L., Gortázar, C. Human influence and biotic homogenization drive the distribution of Escherichia coli virulence genes in natural habitats. MicrobiologyOpen, doi: 10.1002/mbo3.445. Publication date: 18/02/2017.

Cabal, A., M. C. Porrero, D. L. C. ML, J. L. Saez, C. Barcena, G. Lopez, C. Gortazar, L. Dominguez and J. Alvarez (2016).

6. Desired position and location of employment

Type of position

Research position, Clinical position

Medical speciality

Clinical Microbiology, InfectiousDiseases, Epidemiology, Public Health, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry

Desired job title

Researcher in Public Health

Type of contract

Permanent, Temporary/contract/project

Job status


Years of relevant work


Geographical preference

Austria and other EU countries



Desired job profile

Researcher in Public Health with a special focus on implementation of genomics for outbreak investigation and surveillance, as well as other scientific tasks.

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