Volunteer: Fabiola Vacca

Fabiola is a PhD student of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Doctoral Programme at the University of Siena and joined Dr. Rappuoli’s research group (Monoclonal Antibody Discovery lab) at Toscana Life Sciences in October 2019. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology from the University of Camerino and later studied Medical Biotechnologies (MSc) at the University of Siena. Her current research is focused on finding therapeutic human monoclonal antibodies against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, like Neisseria gonorrhoeae. She is working specifically on developing high-throughput assays using confocal microscopy, to determine the functionality of antibodies against N. gonorrhoeae. In addition, taking advantage of high-content imaging, she is also studying the interaction between host and pathogen in vitro.

Link to Fabiola’s LinkedIn profile.

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Embracing an Open Future

All but one of the FEMS journals are now fully open access (OA), with one journal, FEMS Microbiology Letters remaining a subscription journal with free-to-publish and OA options. Open access is key to supporting the FEMS mission of disseminating high quality research as widely as possible: when high quality, peer reviewed sound science is open access, anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection, can read it.

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