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Dr Begona Heras Senior Lecturer, Biochemistry

Begona Heras completed her Bachelor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). She obtained her PhD degree in Organic Chemistry from The University of Navarra (Spain). This led to a postdoctoral position at the John Innes Centre (Norwich, UK), an international centre of excellence in plant and microbial science where she developed an interest in structure-function relationships of proteins involved in host-microbe interactions. Then she joined the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (University of Queensland) as a research officer where she worked on the structure-function relationships of bacterial foldases required for the production of a wide range of virulence factors.In 2012 she moved to the Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) after receiving a LIMS fellowship to set up her own research group. In 2013, she received an ARC Future Fellowship to study the structure-function relationships in virulence proteins involved in bacterial pathogenesis.

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