Alex Ensminger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

MaRS Centre, West Tower
661 University Ave., Rm. 1637
Toronto, ON, M5G 1M1

Phone #: 416-978-6522

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Host-pathogen interactions and clinical microevolution of Legionella pneumophila


Postdoctoral Fellow: Tufts University School of Medicine
Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.Sc.: Haverford College

Fields of Interest:

  • Functional Genomics and Proteomics
  • Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Disease


Research Interests:

We use cutting-edge genomics, experimental evolution, and high-throughput robotics to study host-pathogen interactions and clinical microevolution. Our work is primarily focused on the causative agent of Legionnaires’ Disease, Legionella pneumophila, an often-fatal intracellular bacterial pathogen with a remarkably broad host range.


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