Volunteer: Rachel Burckhardt
Rachel Burckhardt received her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Georgia, USA. Her research focused on understanding the physiological role of acetyltransferase enzymes in various Gram-positive bacteria. She used a combination of genetic and biochemical techniques to elucidate how the chemical modification acetylation regulates acetate metabolism in Staphylococcus aureus. Burckhardt enjoys mentoring and science outreach in her spare time.
FEMS Microbes is excited to present its latest thematic issue, focusing on bacterial-viral co-infections. Host and microbial factors are critically important for influencing the severity and outcome of infection. Interactions between microbes is an understudied yet important aspect to this process.