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Karina B. Xavier

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras | Portugal

EMBO 2021

Interspecies cell-cell signaling in bacteria

My main research focus is interspecies cell-cell communication in bacteria and its role in beneficial and hostile interactions with the host. I use biochemical and genetics approaches to decipher the molecular basis of signaling processes such as quorum sensing and determine their role in regulating assembly, maintenance, and recovery of bacterial consortia. I aim to understand the consequences of these processes in symbioses and pathogenesis.

Keywords: Microbiology / signal transduction / infection / microbiota / quorum sensing / microbial metabolism / gene regulation

Subject area(s): Microbiology, Virology & Pathogens | Signal Transduction | Evolution & Ecology