Vincenzo Torraca

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Research interests

I am a Lecturer in Infectious Disease at King's College London and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My research focuses on host-pathogen interactions, genomic epidemiology, and antimicrobial resistance for globally relevant bacterial pathogens. In my lab, we use the zebrafish model to recapitulate human infections with a variety of bacteria, including Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Mycobacterium. We are also interested in cell biology and we explore infections as a tool to obtain a better understanding of cell functions in both physiological and pathological contexts. Over the last few years, my work focused on the persistent carriage of enteropathogens and on the development of innovative strategies to counteract Shigella infections.

I was previously a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology and Co-Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences at the University of Westminster, an Assistant Professor and Wellcome ISSF Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Imperial College London and a Marie Curie PhD Fellow at Leiden University.

I was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (LSHTM), a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology (Leiden University), a MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Salerno University) and a BSc in Molecular and Computational Biology (Salerno University).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Postgraduate Certificate , PGCiLT, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Award Date: 4 Jul 2022

Microbiology and Immunology, Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, Leiden University

12 Jan 201230 Jun 2016

Award Date: 17 Nov 2016

Biology , Master of Science, MSc, Università di Salerno

Award Date: 26 Oct 2011

Molecular and Computational Biology, Bachelor of Science, BSc, Università di Salerno

Award Date: 10 Dec 2009

External positions

Visiting Researcher, LSHTM London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

5 Jan 2022 → …

Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Westminster

5 Jan 2022 → …

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

1 Jan 2021 → …

Assistant professor, Wellcome ISSF Fellow, LSHTM London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1 Jul 20184 Jan 2022

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial College London

1 Jul 201630 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Q Science (General)
  • Shigella
  • Zebrafish
  • macrophage
  • microbial genomics
  • Escherichia coli

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