Volunteer: Goormaghtigh Frédéric

I am a 30-years old post-doc in molecular biology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). During my PhD, I got interested in bacterial persistence, a phenomenon by which very few bacteria transiently operate a phenotypic switch to an antibiotic-tolerant state. I started working on a controversial model in which toxin-antitoxin systems would rule the entry into persistence. We could finally disprove such model after 5 years of intensive research. The question thus remains open: how do some bacteria tolerate extreme doses of antibiotics? We know tackle this question by combining genetics and single-cell microscopy, a very fascinating approach as it allows one to directly observe and analyze how bacteria react to antibiotic treatments. However and because of the long controversy in my field, I understood how important it is to popularize and disseminate the results of scientific research and most importantly to make sure that the information available for non-specialists is of high quality and correct.

FEMS Journals and Open Access

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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