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Welcome to Specialized Group of Biology of Pathogenic Microorganisms (GEBMP) of the Spanish Society of Microbiology.

The intention of the current Board of Directors of the GEBMP is to become a forum for interaction of all members of the Spanish Society of Microbiology interested in infectious diseases. Although the main focus is on pathogens that cause disease in humans, all those who investigate non-human pathogens are welcome to collaborate in the Group's activities. We understand that the biology of pathogenic microorganisms is a multidisciplinary field, so it must attract people with different backgrounds, such as doctors, biologists, pharmacists and veterinarians, among others. Our expectation is that the activities of the group cover the main aspects of infectious diseases, such as:

  • Basic investigation of the way of life of pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Interaction of microorganisms with their corresponding hosts.
  • Immune response against infections.
  • Research in new therapies.
  • Antimicrobial resistance.
  • Clinical aspects.
  • Dissemination and awareness of the importance and impact of infectious diseases in our society.

We trust that the GEBMP will be a forum for interaction between all our partners, in which we invite members of other Specialized Groups with whom we share an interest in pathogenic microorganisms to participate.

The Board of Directors.

Oscar Zaragoza Hernandez
Centro Nacional de Microbiología, Instituto de Salud Carlos III. (Majadahonda, Madrid)
Vice president
Maria Luisa Gil Herrero
Depto. de Microbiología y Ecología, Instituto Universitario de Biotecnología y Biomedicina. Universitat de València. (València)
Ester Fusté Domínguez
Depto. de Patología y Terapéutica Experimental/ Dept. de Salud Pública, Salud Mental y Maternoinfantil. Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona)
Javier Capilla Luque
Depto. de Ciencias Médicas Básicas, Microbiología, Universitat Rovira i Virgili. (Reus, Tarragona)
Jesus Pla Alonso
Depto. Microbiología y Parasitología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. (Madrid)
Francisco Garcia del Portillo
Laboratorio Patógenos Bacterianos Intracelulares, Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) (Madrid)
José R. Penadès Casanova
Depto. Infectious Disease, Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection, Imperial College London (Londres, Reino Unido)
Tania Ayllon Santiago
Depto. Genética, Fisiología y Microbiología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid)
Elvira Román González
Depto. Microbiología y Parasitología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid)
Maria Ángeles Tormo More
Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe, València (València)
Atitor Rementeria Ruiz
Depto. Inmunología, Microbiología y Parasitología, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Leioa, Bizkaia)

Epidemiological surveillance of invasive pneumococcal disease and factors associated with pathogenicity

Streptococcus pneumoniae it is the main bacterium responsible for community-acquired pneumonia and one of the main etiological agents of sepsis and bacterial meningitis. We participate in the characterization of the circulating strains, providing very valuable information to the National Health System on the epidemiology of pneumococcus.

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Cellular immune response against Shigella flexneri

Using essays in vitro, we can investigate how Listeria escapes from this immune mechanism [septins] and if Rickettsia is or is not recognized by septinas. Understanding how cells respond to infection by these pathogenic bacteria can help develop new antimicrobial therapies.

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Fungal Infections Immunology Group

The research group currently led by María Luisa Gil and Alberto Yáñez, called "Immunology of fungal infections", has focused its research, during the last fifteen years, on the study of the host's immune response against Candida albicans.


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Molecular bases of antimicrobial action in streptococci

The group studies these aspects in Gram-positive pathogenic bacteria, especially Streptococcus pneumoniae, through a combination of basic and more applied studies (molecular epidemiology, emergency in vivo resistance).


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Molecular Microbiology and Antimicrobial Agents Group

The group's research focuses on the study of the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance mainly in Gram-negative bacteria and strategies to overcome it. Currently, he is dedicated to the research of new antimicrobial cationic peptides.

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New members in the old family of penicillin-binding proteins

Our laboratory focuses its studies on the cell wall of Salmonella enterica when it colonizes the interior of the eukaryotic cell to establish a persistent infection. We have demonstrated structural alterations of peptidoglycan that cause a decrease in the signaling capacity mediated by the regulator NF-κB in the host cell.

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Unraveling the global virome: what do we know about wild bird viruses?

Our group studies wild bird viruses, especially in hosts that have not been studied. We have designed tools to test for fowl pox or papillomavirus infections. More recently we have analyzed the cloacal viroma of passerine birds.

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Study of the importance of Redox mechanisms in intracellular pathogens

In the oxidation-reduction state of cells, imbalances can occur. Faced with this imbalance, cells use their control mechanisms to reestablish the initial state. Our group studies Redox systems present in actinobacteria, having discovered mycoredoxins, essential proteins in Redox control.

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Mechanisms of adaptation of pathogenic yeasts to the host and development of new antifungal therapies

The massive use of antifungals in recent decades has produced a selection of species that have reduced sensitivity or intrinsic resistance to certain antifungals. The group is interested in elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms of yeast, mainly C. neoformans, as well as identifying new therapies.

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Signage in Candida albicans and mechanisms of adaptation to the commensal state

Candida albicans it is a human commensal fungus that can lead to yeast infection. We have delved into the infectious process and implemented commensalism models, such as gastrointestinal colonization. We wonder why we are colonized by this yeast? What advantages does it bring us?

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