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Mr Thomas Todeschini BSc

Postgraduate research student

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Mr Thomas Todeschini is a Postgraduate Research Student in the field of Microbiology at the University of Southampton. His current research project aims to uncover bacteriophage anti-defence mechanisms and elucidate the interactions between bacteria and bacteriophages.

Thomas studied a BSc in Life Science and Technology at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Here he developed a profound interest in science and specialised working in the fields of Microbial Interactions and Molecular Biology. After spending 7 months working as a Research Technician at Delft University of Technology, Thomas is now investigating a bacteriophage encoded Anti-CRISPR protein at a PhD level.

2020-present: PhD in Microbiology. The University of Southampton, UK.

2016-2020: BSc Life Science and Technology. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

Research interests

Bacteriophages (in short phages) are bacterial viruses that outnumber bacteria by an estimated 10-fold. Bacteria can poses mutliple different defence systems to protect themselves against invading Mobile Genetic Elements, such as phages. This evolutionary pressure has obligated phages to  develop anti-defence proteins for them to succesfully infect the bacterial cell. This process is also known as the ever lastig arms-race between bacteria and phages. Many bacterial defence mechanism remain to be discovered, and so as well phage anti-defence proteins. This yet undiscovered ‘’playground’’ motivates to do research and elucidate the yet unknown.

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Research project: Discover novel ways used by phages to strike back against bacterial defences


Dr Franklin Nobrega
Professor Jeremy Webb

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Research project(s)

Discover novel ways used by phages to strike back against bacterial defences

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Mr Thomas Todeschini
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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