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Miss Priscila R Vitola BSc, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student in Microbiology

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In the past, Priscila worked with heterologous expression and purification of proteins, as well as with kinetic characterization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis key enzymes, targeting the future development of inhibitors. She also worked with gene replacement in M. tuberculosis H37Rv, based on allelic exchange mutagenesis, to ascertain gene essentiality for growth and/or virulence of the mycobacteria.

2011–2013: MSc in Medicine and Health Sciences - Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, PUCRS, Brazil.

2006–2011: BSc in Pharmacy, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, PUCRS, Brazil.



Research interests

Major interest in infectious respiratory diseases, especially in studying microbial interactions and genetic determinants for pathogenesis of respiratory pathogens.

Supervisors: Prof Jeremy Webb, Dr Stuart Clarke & Dr David Cleary

PhD Research: Evolution and genetic diversification of Streptococcus pneumoniae during multispecies biofilm formation with Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis

Funding: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil - Science without Borders Program

Affiliated Research Groups: Infection and Immunity Research Group

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Research project(s)

Genetic diversification in a multi-species bacterial biofilm community

Using a multispecies biofilm model to understand how interactions between bacteria during biofilm development can influence bacterial diversification.

Evolution of cooperation in microbial biofilms

Bacteria often occur in structured communities in nature, called biofilms, in which they form microcolonies.

Membership of External organisations

Society for Applied Microbiology

Miss Priscila R Vitola
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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