About Pablo Vinuesa
I'm a microbiologist interested in host-microbe interactions, microbial ecology, genomics and evolution. Research in my group aims to learn how niche specialization, including host adaptation, drives speciation in selected alpha- and gamma-Proteobacteria. To gain some knowledge about these patterns and processes we design ecologically-explicit sampling schemes to generate large collections of environmental bacteria on which we perform diverse ecological, evolutionary, genomic and molecular biological analyses with the aim of discovering the underlying evolutionary processes and molecular mechanisms
Our current work focuses on elucidating the roles and contributions of mobile genetic elements, efflux pumps, resistance genes, secretion systems and the exoproteins they secrete in the emergence of opportunistic pathogenic strains of Salmonella and Stenotrophomonas.
We have also studied large populations of rhizobia (symbiotic root nodule bacteria) to decipher evolutionary, ecological and genomic patterns underlying speciation and host-specialization in diverse genera and species of these legume microsymbionts, including host-dependent root microbiome assembly.