medac Research Award 2022

| by Steffi Feller

Raquel Alonso-Román was awarded the medac research prize this year. The award recognises the successful interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers beyond their own group.

The award-winning papers particularly reflect excellent research work in the main research fields of the Leibniz-HKI and document the cooperation of several departments or groups at our institute.

Raquel dedicated herself and her team to the gut microbiome. She found that lactic acid bacteria counteracts the growth of Candida albicans - but only when intestinal cells are present. To decipher the underlying metabolic mechanisms, she received support from three other research units at Leibniz-HKI.

We congratulate Raquel for her outstanding work.

Alonso-Roman R*, Last A, Mirhakkak MH, Sprague JL, Möller L, Großmann P, Graf K, Gratz R, Mogavero S, Vylkova S, Panagiotou G, Schäuble S, Hube B#, Gresnigt MS (2022) Lactobacillus rhamnosus colonisation antagonizes Candida albicans by forcing metabolic adaptations that compromise pathogenicity. Nature Communications 13(1): 3192.