Professor Stefania Spanò

Professor Stefania Spanò
PhD

Personal Chair

Overview
Professor Stefania Spanò
Professor Stefania Spanò

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The University of Aberdeen Microbiology Programme Institute of Medical Sciences University of Aberdeen Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD United Kingdom
office IMS 5.15.3
lab IMS 6.55
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Member of the Young Academy of Scotland

Open positions


ERC Consolidator (2017-2022)

 

Biography

Education

1995  Laurea (MSc; summa cum laude) in Biological Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy.

2002  PhD in Life Sciences, Open University, London, UK.

Research Positions

2002-2004    Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology and Oncology, "Consorzio Mario Negri Sud" Research Institute, Italy.

2004-2009    Postdoctoral Associate Dep. of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine, USA.

2009-2013    Associate Research Scientist, Dep. of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine, USA.

Recent grants

2017-2022, ERC Consolidator Award

2016-2019, BBSRC Research Grant

2016-2018, Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship to Dr. Virtu Solano Collado

2016-2017, Wellcome Trust Seed Award

2015-2016, Royal Society Research Grant

2015-2016, The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund@Aberdeen

2015-2016, Tenovus Scotland

Public engagement

"Germ wars" http://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/9189/

"Sneaky Bugs": A hands-on workshop to teach children about microbes, infection, antibiotics and resistance to antibiotics. Children will be introduced to these concepts while having fun pretending to be little scientists at the bench. https://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/for-schools/9748/

In the news

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-27439380

Research

Research Interests

Salmonella Typhi is an exclusive human pathogen and the cause of typhoid fever, a life-threatening systemic disease that affects millions of people and kills more than 200,000 every year. The goal of my research is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms of Salmonella Typhi pathogenesis and its human-adaptation. We are using an advanced cell biological approach, where imaging and biochemical analyses are integrated by genetic, genomic and proteomic methods. These studies also intend to address fundamental questions in the cell biology of the host. A central question of our research is about the host mechanisms preventing S. Typhi from infecting non-susceptible hosts.

Current Research

Lab Members

 

 Hongjiao Yu (PhD student)                         

   

Virtu Solano Collado (Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellow)     

 

Adam Rofe (BBSRC funded Research Fellow)      

 

Rosa Colamarino (Research Technician)         

              

Arda Balci (PhD Student)                                

Kieran Sefton (PhD Student)

Kornelia Przybyszewska

 

Past Lab Members

Domenico Mancuso (Erasmus Student)   

Maria Muchova (Undergraduate Summer Student 2017)              

Aifric Müller (Research master student 2014-2015)

Congratulation to Aifric – MSc 2015!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaborations

Collaborators at the University of Aberdeen

Dr Massimiliano Baldassarre

Dr Samantha Miller

Dr Heather Wilson

Dr Gordon Brown

Research Grants

2017-2022, ERC Consolidator

2016-2019, BBSRC Research Grant

2016-2018, Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship to Dr. Virtu Solano Collado

2016-2017, Wellcome Trust Seed Award

2015-2016, Royal Society Research Grant

2015-2016, The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund@Aberdeen

2015-2016, Tenovus Scotland

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

MC3505-Molecular Microbiology

BC3503-The Molecular Control of the Cell Function

MB4050-Honours Advanced Molecular Biology

MC5510-Regulation of Microbial Adaptation

MB5518-Research Tutorials

MB5516-Host Pathogen Interactions

Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

2016-          IMS Athena Swan Self Assessment Team

2016-          IMS Equality and Diversity Group

2016-          Esslemont Group for Equality and Diversity

2015-          Course coordinator MC5510–Regulation of Microbial adaptation

Public engagement

Sneaky Bugs at May Festical 2016 - A public engagement activity for school children

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/for-schools/9748/

Open positions

PhD position (application deadline Feb 22nd, 2017) https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=82329&LID=15 

We are considering applications from self-funded Phd students and postdoctoral fellows to work on various questions of Salmonella Typhi pathogenesis. If interested, please send an email to stefania.spano@abdn.ac.uk

Publications

Publications 

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