Tick-Borne Diseases and What You Can Do about Them: Research Opportunities at the LSU-SVM
Apr 14, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
|Where||West Laville Library|
|Contact Name||Granger Babcock|
Honors College students and College of Science students
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Professor Martinez received his BS in Microbiology with Honor's Distinction from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1995. After graduation, he enrolled in the graduate training program in microbial pathogenesis in the Department of Microbiology at Washington University. Under the guidance of Professor Scott J. Hultgren, Juan studied the mechanisms by which type-1 piliated uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) bind to and enter into normally non-phagocytic bladder cells. His studies led to the identification of a fimbral tip protein, FimH, as necessary and sufficient in leading to bacterial uptake as well as the characterization of host proteins involved in the uptake process.
Upon completion of his PhD in 2001, Martinez began a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France under the guidance of Professor Pascale Cossart. He was awarded fellowships from the EMBO, INSERM, and INRA to begin characterizing pathogenic mechanisms of the obligate intracellular tick-borne pathogen, Rickettsia conorii, the causative agent of Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF). After four years in Paris, he joined the Department of Microbiology at the University of Chicago in 2005, and in 2012 joined Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Pathobiological Sciences.