Dr. Torres is interested in the mechanisms used by diarrheagenic Escherichia
coli strains to adhere to and colonize intestinal epithelia. Our major goal is
the characterization of novel adhesins and the regulatory network controlling
their expression during intestinal colonization. His laboratory is also studying
a new category of E. coli known as Adherent-Invasive E. coli (AIEC). We have
recently completed the genome sequence of our prototype AIEC strain and now we
are establishing whether specific virulence factors are associated with chronic
inflammation of the intestine. Further, his laboratory has initiated a new area
of investigation to understand the pathogenic mechanisms of Burkholderia mallei
and B. pseudomallei, and currently, we are characterizing the type III secretion
system, and testing multiple virulence factors as vaccine candidates to protect
against aerosol infection.
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