The role of iron acquisition in Enterococci and host nutritional immunity during wound infection
11-15 hours/week, 16-20 hours/week
The emergence of Enterococci-associated infections and the rising problem of antibiotic resistance has made clinical interventions a big challenge globally. Understanding the role of metal acquisition, which drives virulence and survival during infection, will provide insights into design of new therapeutic targets. Using interdisciplinary approaches, such as basic microbiological techniques and analyzing mice immunological profiles, my research focus on understanding the role of iron acquisition in Enterococcus faecalis, and how this ability influences host immune response during wound infections.