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Klebsiella pneumoniae population dynamics and antimicrobial

Dr Heinz's current work focuses on gram-negative bacterial (opportunistic) pathogens; to understand how antimicrobial resistance spreads via mobile elements as well as repeated independent acquisitions of intrinsic mechanisms through changes in the chromosome, and what impact the resistance mechanisms have on the bacterial cell beyond protection from antimicrobials. Part of her work also focuses on bacterial cell envelopes, where her interests are in improved vaccine design, as well as to study membrane proteins to understand how changes of proteins performing import/efflux can influence drug resistance.

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