My current research as a PhD student in Dr Nathalie Juge’s lab focuses on the glycosylation of surface proteins in gut commensal bacteria. In order to better understand how commensal bacteria adhere to their host, the aim of my project has been to characterise glycosylated surface proteins and the glycans that decorate them in Lactobacillus reuteri, a commonly used probiotic species.
Prior to joining the institute, I studied Agricultural Biotechnology and graduated with an Award of Excellence from the Agricultural University of Athens. I then pursued a MSc. Degree in Molecular Medicine at the University of East Anglia, during which I carried out my dissertation project at the John Innes Centre, in Professor Rob Field’s lab. There, I worked on developing novel inhibitors of carbohydrate-active enzymes and that was the first time I exposed myself to the field of Glycobiology.
I quickly realised that I had found a fascinating field of research that I would like to follow further. Joining the Juge group at the Quadram Institute Bioscience for my PhD gave me the chance to do exactly that.