Daniel Pletzer

I'm a microbiologist having expertise with hard-to-treat pathogenic bacteria (esp. with WHO priority pathogens categorized "critical") involved in multi-drug resistance and biofilm infections. I have a broad knowledge of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology / genetics, and animal models as well as experience with bioinformatical data interpretation and analysis. Additionally, I gained a lot of experience as a teaching and research assistant that enabled me to help mentor and train students.

My long-term career goal is to become a project leader of my own research group and eventually attain a professorship at a research university. My personal motivation in continuing a scientific carrier is connected to the fact that antibiotic resistant bacteria (such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa) are emerging all over the world and current therapeutic approaches are rapidly losing their effectiveness. Addressing antibiotic resistance has captivated my interest over the past few years and I am eager to learn more about life-threatening bacteria in order to help to fight against the shrinking arsenal of antibiotics.

Occupation

Postdoctoral Fellow

Qualification

BSc in Bioinformatics, MSc in Molecular Genetics, PhD in Microbiology/Biochemistry

Research areas

The stringent stress response as a therapeutic target.

Institutions

University of British Columbia / Microbiology and Immunology