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The topic of my PhD thesis is “Exploring the evolutionary success of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by investigation of rare clinical isolates with smooth colony morphology”

What is your current research interest / project?

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major, globally spread, aerosol-transmitted human pathogen, thought to have evolved by clonal expansion from a Mycobacterium canettii-like progenitor. In contrast, extant M. canettii strains are rare, genetically-diverse and geographically restricted mycobacteria of only marginal epidemiological importance. I am thus interested to find the molecular events that have led to the contrasting evolutionary success of these two groups and which finally resulted in the emergence of M. tuberculosis as a professional pathogen of mammalian hosts.

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I did my Bachelor and Master studies in Molecular Microbiology at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz in co-operation with the University of Technology Graz in Austria. I started my PhD studies at Institut Pasteur Paris in the Unit ‘Integrated Mycobacterial Pathogenomics’ as a student of the Pasteur-Paris University International PhD program in October 2012.

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