Natacha Couto

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Natacha Couto

Netherlands

Biography

Dr. Natacha Couto is a Researcher at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where she currently develops work in the groups of Prof. dr. John W. A. Rossen (Personalized Microbiology) and Prof. dr. Alex W. Friedrich  (Genomics for Infection Prevention). Her PhD research focused on the pathogenesis of bacterial infections, by determining the mechanisms involved in infection, and on the dissemination of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. Her PhD results were pioneering in the field of vaccine development against S. pseudintermedius infection in dogs and also on characterizing the molecular mechanisms involved in antimicrobial resistance in animals, humans and the environment (One Health). At the UMCG, she has been involved in the optimization (both wetlab and elab) of shotgun metagenomics, transcriptomics and long-read sequencing. Recently, she has been developing her own research line, which involves understanding the missense polymorphisms that occur during S. aureus colonization and their role for infection.

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