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Dr. Christoph  Dehio

Christoph Dehio Uni. of Basel, Switzerland

Christoph Dehio is Full Professor in Molecular Microbiology and Speaker of the Focal Area Infection Biology at the Biozentrum of University of Basel, Switzerland. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field of infection biology. During the past 20 years he has been studying molecular mechanisms of host cell entry and intracellular persistence for different invasive bacteria (i.e. Shigella, Neisseria, Bartonella and Brucella), both on the level of the implicated virulence factors (i.e. bacterial secretion systems and their effectors) and the triggered host cell signaling processes. As part of a multidisciplinary research approach Dehio’s lab performs systems level studies to identify the signaling processes underlying bacterial invasion and intracellular persistence. Dehio has been PI of the Research and Technology Development (RTD) projects InfectX (2010‐2014) and TargetInfectX (2014-2017) of the Swiss initiative in Systems Biology, SystemsX.ch, and in this role has coordinated the establishment of genome‐wide RNA interference (RNAi) datasets and high‐level modeling approaches for a panel of bacterial and viral pathogens. He has published over 100 peer‐reviewed publications and received several awards and prizes, including the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society in 1996, the Senior Scientist Award in 2006 from the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology, and the Pfizer Research Prize for Infectiology in 2006; he was International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 2005 to 2010, is an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2010) and of the European Molecular Biology Organization EMBO (EMBO, 2013) and received an advanced grant of the European Research Council (ERC) in 2014. He is member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (2009‐2016) and of several international scientific advisory boards (Leibniz‐Center for Medicine and Biological Sciences, Germany; Research Center for Infectious Diseases, University of Wuerzburg, Germany; and the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, London, UK). He is editor of PLoS Pathogens and FEMS Microbiol. Rev., and editorial board member of Cell. Microbiol. and the Int. J. Med. Microbiol.

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