Marjanca Starčič Erjavec

University of Ljubljana

Marjanca Starčič Erjavec, PhD, is a professor of molecular biology at the Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She finished the BSc study of biology and the MSc study of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She defended her PhD thesis in the field of bacterial molecular genetics at the Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She is involved in teaching several molecular biological and genetic courses. She was a visiting professor at several universities in Europe and USA and also at the Institute of Ecology and Genetics of Microorganisms, Ural Branch Russian Academy of Science, Perm, Russia. She conducts research on horizontal gene transfer, including plasmids, natural and clinical E. coli strains, and microbiota.

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The title of the book "The Universe of Escherichia coli" aims to present and emphasize the huge diversity of this bacterial species and our efforts to prevent the E. coli infections. As it is part of the gut microbiota, E. coli is a well-known commensal species, and probiotic E. coli strains are successfully used for improving host's health. Also many "workhorse" E. coli strain exist that are employed in laboratory and biotechnology settings. But certain E. coli strains can cause intestinal and also extraintestinal infections at many anatomical sites. Therefore many efforts are undertaken to prevent E. coli infections, among them food safety, vaccines, but also new antimicrobial agents are searched for.

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