Pascale Cossart, after studying chemistry in Lille (France) obtained a master degree at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Back in France, she obtained her PhD in Paris in the Institut Pasteur where she is still now, heading the « Bacteria-Cell Interactions »unit which is also an Inserm and an INRA unit. After studying DNA-protein interactions, she started in 1986, to study the molecular and cellular basis of infections by intracellular bacteria taking as a model the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Her research has led to new concepts in infection biology but also in microbiology, in cell biology and in epigenetics.
Pascale Cossart is considered as a pioneer in Cellular Microbiology. Her contributions have been recognized by a number of awards, including the Robert Koch Prize(2007), the Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine(2008), the Balzan Prize(2013). She is a member of the French Academy of Science(2002), a foreign member of the American National Academy of Science(2009), of the German Leopoldina(2001), and of the Royal Society(2010).
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