Dr. Carola Venturini is a microbiologist whose research work has primarily focused on the role of mobile genetic elements in the evolution of infectious bacteria. Starting with her honours project, where she investigated the damaging effects of UV exposure on Antarctic moss DNA, her research has had primarily a DNA-based approached. In her PhD work, she studied the relationship between antibiotic resistance, virulence and mobile DNA in pathogenic E. coli isolates, and this area remains one of her main research interests. In order to deepen her expertise in the field of bacterial evolution, whilst completing and since been awarded her PhD, Dr. Venturini has been directly involved in research projects investigating the links between horizontal gene transfer mechanisms and pathogenicity in Streptococcus pyogenes related to the acquisition and transfer of virulence and antibiotic resistance determinants by phage and other integrative DNA elements, using both microbiology lab-based methods and bioinformatics. Dr. Venturini has recently joined Prof. Iredell’s research group and is currently involved in work relating with the ecology of the gut microbiome and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in Enterobacteriacae.
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