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ViBrANT Kick-Off Meeting – Getting Our Feet Wet in Frankfurt

September 20, 2018 Karl Greaves

We are delighted to announce the launch of ViBrANT, a European research and training network that plans to uncover the mysteries behind how infectious agents enter and interact with the human body. Together, we kicked-off with an action-packed week of training...

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ESR3   Juan Leva:   Nanobiosensor   Odyssey   in   Leeds

October 23, 2018 Juan Leva

        Myself Hey! My name is Juan Leva Bueno, position ESR3 in charge of developing a nanobiosensor for pathogen analysis. I’m a 24 year-old Spaniard from Barcelona, specifically from a very cute coastal town called Cubelles. My...

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Bacterial Protein Export – My Introduction to the Field

October 31, 2018 Pirjo Johnson

Hi all! My name is Jessica Ames, and I recently finished my bachelor’s degree in chemical biosciences from the University of Oklahoma. I will soon begin my work at the Pasteur Institute in Paris under the supervision of Michael Nilges,...

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Pulling together the pieces of bacterial adhesion in Frankfurt

November 4, 2018 Diana Vaca

Without a doubt, life has interesting ups and downs, but what makes life a nice adventure are all those moments which take your breath away and make you realise how alive you are… These are part of the chapters of my...

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Looking for viral receptors in Helsinki

November 20, 2018 Sarah Barrass

Hello all ! My name is Sarah Barrass, and this is an introduction to the next chapter of my life - Life as a PhD Student. I am a 22 year old Brit, from the small seaside town of Whitley Bay,...

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A Life Without Infection

December 10, 2018 Tugce Caykara

Science has changed the way we live. Antibiotics, vaccines etc., all these breakthrough discoveries have increased our life expectancy, but we have still not mastered our art with those little microorganisms called bacteria. Today, a single celled bacterium can cause...

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Deciphering Bacterial Adhesion to Host Cells in Oslo

December 18, 2018 InaMeuskens

“Life is sort of a circle. You come back to a lot of the interests you had early in life.” [Eric Kandel, Nobel prize winner] How it all started My name is Ina and I am the PhD student working...

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Decoding Atomic Packing In Leeds – Anchal Malik (ESR- 1)

January 17, 2019 Anchal Malik

“Begin at the beginning”, the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”                                          ...

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Bacterial Binding in Frankfurt am Main

January 27, 2019 Arno Thibau

Me, myself and I Hi everyone! My name is Arno Thibau and I am from Belgium. Together with the other 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) I got the great opportunity to pursue a PhD via the European MSCA-ITN project: ViBrANT. If...

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Untangling Protein- Protein Interactions In Lund, Sweden

February 8, 2019 Sounak Chowdhury

A bit of Me: I am Sounak Chowdhury, Indian by origin a PhD Student at Lund University, Sweden. I come from a small town Chinsurah along the sides of the river Ganges, about 50Kms away from “The City of Joy-...

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Shooting elementary particles at proteins in Leeds (UK)

February 24, 2019 Andreas Kiessling

Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see. (Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Representation, Book 2, Chapter 19) My name is Andreas Kiessling,...

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Capturing Bacteria in Braga

March 11, 2019 Maria Sande

What it is I do! I am Maria Sande, hailing from Bangalore in the south of India. A city known for it's tech industry, gardens, pubs and mild climate. I am also one of a group of 15 doctoral students...

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Using microfluidics for pathogen analysis

March 24, 2019 Pablo Rodriguez

Hello! I’m Pablo Rodríguez, ESR14. I was born and raised in Cornellà de Llobregat city, 10 minutes away from Barcelona, Spain. I lived there until I moved to Hull, England, to start my PhD with ViBrANT in August 2018. I’m...

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Tracking Adenovirus Binding in Tübingen

April 5, 2019 Aleksandra

Hello! My name is Aleksandra Stasiak and I am a PhD student at Professor Thilo Stehle's group at University of Tübingen in Germany. I am interested in viruses, the mechanisms of how they interact with our bodies and how to...

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Journey from Holy Ganga to the Rhône: The Hunt for Host-Pathogen Adhesins (ESR 5: Manisha Goyal)

May 2, 2019 manisha

Brief about my background….. My name is Manisha Goyal and I come from a small city Saharanpur located in the northern part of India. I chose to graduate in Bioinformatics because I was fascinated by this newly emerging field. My...

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Paris, Pasteur, Pili

May 19, 2019 Theis Jacobsen

About me: My name is Theis Jacobsen and I come from Denmark. Since September 2013 I have lived in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, together with my girlfriend where I was studying for my bachelor’s and master’s degree, where I...

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Developing ways to combat antibiotic resistance

June 17, 2019 Rucha Datar

Last but not the least! I am Rucha Datar and I am from Pune, India which is a big city strategically placed in the Western Ghats where it enjoys moderate climate. The nearest beach is just 2 hours by road...

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Our ViBrANT ITN 2019 update

July 1, 2019 Karl Greaves

Introduction It has been roughly 289 days, 21 hours and 20 minutes since the ViBrANT PhD students have parted their ways in Frankfurt. On the 24th of June 2019, we were reunited in our headquarters at the University of Leeds,...

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FEMS 2019 Congress Highlights

July 16, 2019 Tugce Caykara

As ViBrANT Team, we are glad to announce that we have attended FEMS 2019 Congress with joy, stimulation and success. We were given the opportunity to share our work and ideas with one of the most prestigious science communities around...

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Receptor Discovery – A Cinderella Story

October 9, 2019 Sarah Barrass

It might sound far-fetched to described virus receptor discovery as a Cinderella story. But many virologists would be empathetic to Prince Charming's mission to find the mystery lady who fled the ball - leaving behind a single glass slipper. During my...

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µTAS 2019 – Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences

November 4, 2019 Pablo Rodriguez

I thought I would write about my experience at µTAS (micro total analysis systems) conference as a newcomer this year. In April, I submitted an abstract of my work and got accepted for a poster presentation. µTAS 2019 continued a...

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Secondmend in Hull putting biosensing and microfluidics altogether

December 3, 2019 Juan Leva

It seems to be yesterday when my adventure as a PhD student at University of Leeds began. In a blink of an eye, I’m already in the second year! As I explained in my previous blog, the aim of my...

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Fragments of DNA can help diagnose an infection

December 15, 2019 Maria Sande

The role of collagen in a diagnostic pathway  During a major part of my first year of research, I was working at labs at the Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI) here in northern Portugal. One of the aims...

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Antibiotic Apocalypse – An Alarming Problem

January 15, 2020 Anchal Malik

The inception of Antibiotic Apocalypse The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities...

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Antibiotic resistance imparted by the versatile Pseudomonas aeruginosa

January 27, 2020 Rucha Datar

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a Gram negative bacterial species which has been identified as an opportunistic pathogen responsible for causing infections in blood, lungs or other parts of the body. In 2017, multidrug-resistant (MDR) P. aeruginosa caused an estimated 32,600 infections...

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Protein purification, type VI pili and integrative structural biology – an update from Paris

February 11, 2020 Theis Jacobsen

Time flies by very quickly in the world of science. You start your PhD and suddenly the first year have passed. Initially, when moving away from the safe surroundings of your homeland, the time is being spend trying to adapt...

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Mapping Streptococcus pyogenes and human plasma protein interactions

February 21, 2020 Sounak Chowdhury

Why Group A Streptococcus pyogenes? Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a human specific bacterium, causing diverse effects in humans ranging from localized infections to invasive infections. GAS is known to cause sore throat/ pharyngitis but it can also cause life...

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BadA the sticky lollipop

April 5, 2020 Arno Thibau

This storm will pass. But the choices we make now could change our lives for years to come - Yuval Noah Harari, 2020 Cat Scratch Disease If you prefer an introduction that is more focused on my daily life as...

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Diving Deep into the Whole Genomes of Pathogens during Infection Outbreaks

April 26, 2020 manisha

Microbiological diagnostics is an important tool in combating emerging pathogens that seem to be able to withstand antibiotic-mediated killing by phenotypic and genetic adaptation. This is a rapid and mostly small-scale adaptation (i.e. point mutations can generate full resistance to...

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Reading Our Review: Structural Biology of Human Adenovirus Binding to Receptors

May 6, 2020 Aleksandra

Hello again, my name is Aleksandra Stasiak, and my PhD project concerns human adenovirus binding to integrins. If you want to know more about it, why and how I am doing it, you can read my previous blog post “Tracking...

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Unraveling bacterial adhesion: a model with Bartonella henselae

May 24, 2020 Diana Vaca

A bit of background About a one year and a half ago I started to write a new chapter in my life. I was awarded a Marie Curie scholarship to carry out a PhD project as part of the Viral...

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Ancient Remedy Sugar

June 15, 2020 Tugce Caykara

If I had told you that sugar could be used to prevent bacteria from growing, would you believe this, or would you argue against it? And if I had told you that it could even be used to kill bacteria,...

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On the Basis of Science

July 6, 2020 Andreas Kiessling

A scientist is not a politician. - Christian Drosten.   The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is still very much prevalent at the time of writing this blog entry. Lots of countries are in various stages of the pandemic with some...

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Organizing the ViBrANT2021 conference

July 8, 2020 InaMeuskens

As Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) we get the opportunity to attend lots of meetings and conferences. This gives us the chance to meet great scientists and develop our own ideas. While this is nice, what we rarely get is an...

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