Natalia Martin, Ph.D.

Natalia Martin


Research Associate
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
2011 Ph.D. Biological Sciences, National University of Rosario, Argentina
2007 B.S. Biotechnology, National University of Rosario, Argentina



Enterobacter cloacae is a Gram-negative bacterium, from the Enterobacteriaceae family, widely encountered in the environment and as part of the normal microbiota of the human gastrointestinal tract. Although E. cloacae is a typical commensal, it can cause opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients, the young and the elderly. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that 140,000 healthcare-associated Enterobacteriaceae infections occur in the United States yearly. Some of these bacteria are resistant to nearly all available antibiotics. The rapidly increasing acquisition of multidrug-resistance in these species and the difficulty for antimicrobial compounds to penetrate the cell wall envelope in Gram-negative bacteria makes the need of new therapies effective against E. cloacae urgent. My project aims to identify new molecular targets for therapeutic strategies in E. cloacae.