Located in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Manitoba, the Cardona Lab aims to understand the molecular mechanisms that control bacterial growth in different settings, such as during infection or biotechnological processes.
Our research is centered around Burkholderia, a group of Gram-negative bacteria with large, multi-partite genomes and extraordinary metabolic capacities. Burkholderia species thrive in the soil, freshwater, and even disinfectants. In addition, they establish associations with plants, where they can promote growth or cause diseases. Some species of Burkholderia can cause worrisome infections in individuals with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. Infections with Burkholderia are very difficult to treat due to their high antibiotic resistance.
Part of our research is dedicated to build genetic and synthetic biology tools to exploit Burkholderia biotechnological potential, understand their virulence and find new antibiotics to treat infections.
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