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Dr Vincenzo Torraca

Assistant Professor
Wellcome ISSF Fellow

Room
181

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

My research is focused on Infectious diseases. In the lab, we use zebrafish to model key aspects of Shigella infection in vivo.

As an LSHTM/Wellcome ISSF fellow, I am currently focusing on evolution and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in Shigella. I am also interested in cell biology and explore infections as a tool to obtain a better understanding of cell functions in both physiological and pathological contexts.

I previously carried out a Marie Curie-funded post-doctoral training at the Imperial College London and a Marie Curie-funded PhD in the FishForPharma network, at Leiden University, where I was awarded a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology, defending a thesis entitled "Exploitation of host chemokine signalling by pathogenic Mycobacteria".

I obtained a MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a BSc in Molecular and Computational Biology from Salerno University.

Affiliations

Department of Infection Biology
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)

Teaching

MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert: Infectious Diseases

IDM 202 Nutrition and Infection

Distance Learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqkp2OXfoyY&feature=youtu.be

Research

Shigella pathogenesis and antimicrobial resistance; Zebrafish animal model

Research Area
Bacteria
Drug discovery and development
Drug resistance
Infectious disease policy
Innate immunity
Outbreaks
Modelling
Discipline
Genomics
Immunopathology
Bacteriology
Cell biology
Epidemiology
Genetics
Immunology
Microbiology
Molecular biology
Nutrition
Pathology
Bioinformatics
Education
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Infectious disease
Malnutrition
Tuberculosis
Emerging Infectious Disease
Tropical diseases
Region
World

Selected Publications

Disruption of Cxcr3 chemotactic signaling alters lysosomal function and renders macrophages more microbicidal.
Sommer F; Torraca V; Xie Y; In 't Veld AE; Willemse J; Meijer AH
2021
Cell reports
In vivo biomolecular imaging of zebrafish embryos using confocal Raman spectroscopy.
Høgset H; Horgan CC; Armstrong JPK; Bergholt MS; Torraca V; Chen Q; Keane TJ; Bugeon L; Dallman MJ; Mostowy S
2020
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS
Chemokine Receptors and Phagocyte Biology in Zebrafish.
Sommer F; Torraca V; Meijer AH
2020
Frontiers in Immunology
Shigella sonnei.
Torraca V; Holt K; Mostowy S
2020
Trends in Microbiology
Meeting report: Zebrafish Infection and Immunity 2019.
Torraca V; Gomes MC; Sarris M; Mostowy S
2019
Lab animal
Shigella sonnei O-Antigen Inhibits Internalization, Vacuole Escape, and Inflammasome Activation.
Watson JL; Sanchez-Garrido J; Goddard PJ; Torraca V; Mostowy S; Shenoy AR; Clements A
2019
mBio
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