Pascale Cossart "RNA-mediated regulation: lessons from the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes"
Pascale Cossart has made seminal discoveries on the molecular and cellular basis of bacterial infections, using Listeria monocytogenes as her model organism. Therefore and because of her continuous contribution to the establishment of new concepts in infection biology and cell biology, she has been selected as “Helmholtz International Fellow” by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Berlin. With this prize, the Helmholtz Association honours scientists who are working abroad in the research fields of the Helmholtz Association.
The food-borne bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes causes numerous illnesses and has a mortality rate of 30 per cent. Her research has helped to gain a better understanding about the interaction between host cells and pathogens as well as bacterial infections in general. Furthermore, Pascale Cossart’s work has shed light on the processes that make Listeria so effective and lethal and her findings are offering hope for resolving the Listeria infection in the future.
Pascale Cossart studied Chemistry at Lille University in France and at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. She is considered to be a pioneer of the research field “Cellular Microbiology” which deals with the interaction between host cells and pathogens and has published over 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 60 book chapters and invited reviews. Currently, she is a Professor and Head of the Unité des Interactions Bactéries Cellules at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. Pascale Cossart is a member of the prestigious Royal Society of London, the German Academy of Science Leopoldina and of the French Conseil Scientifique National de la Science. During her career she has received several high-profile prizes such as the Richard Lounsberry Prize, the Robert Koch Prize and the L'Oreal/UNESCO Award for Women in Science.
Date: 01.07.2014, 11:30
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
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Prof Pascale Cossart