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Dr. Alexander Ensminger
Job Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biochemistry; Molecular Genetics
Institution: University of Toronto
MaRS Centre, West Tower, 16th floor
661 University Ave, Room 1637
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1M1
Work Phone: +14169786522
Section Affiliation: Infections and Immunity
Our lab is interested in the evolution of microbial pathogens and the mechanisms by which these diminutive organisms persist in our environment and make us sick. We focus our attention on Legionella pneumophila, a remarkable bacterial pathogen that maintains the microbial world’s largest known arsenal of translocated effectors (with over 300 identified to date).
Keywords: Legionnaires’ disease, Legionella pneumophila, effectors, CRISPR-Cas, metaeffectors