My laboratory studies tiny injection-type devices, which are the principle means of the interaction of many microbes, called bacteria, with animal or plant hosts. These apparatuses serve to inject bacterial factors, called proteins, into host cells to manipulate them during infection. Therefore, what we are learning is being used to rationally design inhibitors of these injection machineries, which could become a new type of broad-range anti-microbial drug in our continuing fight against infectious diseases.
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I have significant experience in communicating science, in particular microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology and structural biology to the general public, especially school children of all ages.