Pascale Cossart after a master degree at Georgetown University, obtained her PhD in Paris in the Institut Pasteur. After studying DNA-protein interactions, she started in 1986, to analyze the molecular and cellular basis of infections by intracellular bacteria taking as a model the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. She pioneered the field of Cellular Microbiology. Her research led to new concepts in infection biology and also in fundamental microbiology, in particular RNA regulation. Her contributions have been recognized by many international wards and election to several academies. From 2016 to 2021, she was Secrétaire Perpétuel of the Académie des Sciences. She is now a scientific visitor at EMBL-Heidelberg.
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