Studentships are available in the lab for motivated students with bioinformatics and molecular microbiology skills to study the evolution of Neisseria meningitidis and how this bacterium behave with co-habitants of the nasopharynx.
Our article is now accessible in open access (PLoS Genetics) here. In this paper we described how, at least two nasopharyngeal pathogens, (Neisseria meningitidis and Moraxella catarrhalis) evolved from a rod to a coccus cell-shape. This asks a lot of question on the importance of cell-shape in the colonisation of different ecological niches in particular the one located in our body. To be continued !