M. Teresa Coque
She is graduated as a Pharmacist (1986) and Clinical Biochemist (1989) and received her PhD in Medical Microbiology (1991) from the Complutensis University of Madrid (Spain). After a postdoctoral training at the Internal Medicine Department in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas at Houston in the USA (1993-1995) and the Center for Emerging and Reemerging Pathogens also at the University of Texas at Houston (1996-97), she returned to Spain in 1998. Currently, she is Senior Research Scientist at the Microbiology Department of the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital within the Division of Microbial Biology and Infections at the Ramón y Cajal Institute for BioHealth Research (IRYCIS) in Madrid (Spain), leading a research group focused on Population Biology of Human Bacterial Pathogens and their Mobile Genetic Elements. Her special interests and expertise include molecular epidemiology, evolutionary biology, and microbial ecology, with emphasis in the genetic bases for transmission of antibiotic resistance and the adaptation of commensal and pathogenic Gram-negative and Gram positive bacteria to different hosts, MGE being a keystone of such interests. Advanced genomics and metagenomics to be applied on diagnosis of antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens and as predictive markers of infection in the personalized medicine perspective is becoming a priority of the group.
TMC has published more than 150 articles in refereed journals and 10 book chapters, and regularly participates in international events in the field of antibiotic resistance and plasmid biology. She is a leading investigator of research grants funded by national agencies since 1999 and has participated in eight EU projects since 2001 (Six and Seven EU Framework, Horizon 2020-JPIAMR). Her group also participates in Spanish consolidated Networks at national (CIBERESP) and regional level (CCAA Madrid) working on different aspects of antibiotic resistance and ecology of opportunistic bacterial pathogens (epidemiology, public Health, biology of mobile genetic elements and system biology). TMC has directed eight doctoral thesis and coordinates research projects of students within the European programs Leonardo da Vinci (2000- 2008) and Erasmus (2007-) and several universities from Europe and South America. She is member of several international scientific committees and associations, including the Scientific Board Committee of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR, current vice-chair; http://www.jpiamr.eu/about/organisation/scientificadvisoryboard), and the Food- and Water-borne Infections Study Group of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID, secretary since 2017). TMC is evaluator of competitive research grants funded by national agencies of European, American, and African countries in the field of microbiology and infectious diseases. TMC regularly serves as a referee of more than 25 journals related to basic and applied microbiology, being member of the editorial board of some of them belonging to the editorial groups Nature and Elsevier.