Professor Pascale Cossart ForMemRS
Director of the Bacteria-Cell interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur; Inserm U604; INRA USC2020; Paris.
Professor Cossart has made numerous seminal discoveries at the forefront of microbiology and cell biology on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying infectious diseases in humans. She has made key breakthroughs on the identification of various bacterial virulence factors and the strategies by which pathogens enter, survive and spread in cells and tissues of the human host. Using Listeria as model, she has elucidated many of the mechanisms used by pathogens to subvert and exploit the functions of the infected host. Her outstanding work has served as a model for others in the field of cellular microbiology, which she pioneered.