Boas van der Putten
- PhD Fellow
I started as a PhD student in the group of prof. Constance Schultsz at AIGHD in September 2017 working on the HECTOR project. I completed my BSc and MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, during which I took part in a global exchange program to the University of Washington in Seattle and performed an internship at Imperial College London. I am interested in the adaptation of pathogens to various external pressures, like antibiotic usage or a host’s immune system. Within HECTOR, we try to assess if there is a genetic basis for the host range of Escherichia coli through whole-genome sequencing of ~1300 E. coli genomes originating from four different countries and five different host species. In other words, we try to link the DNA an E. coli bacterium possesses to its ability to colonize a particular host species. Additionally, we aim to assess how this host range influences the spread of antimicrobial resistance. This project touches upon my core interests of pathogen evolution, antimicrobial resistance and one health. Besides performing biomedical research, I am interested in education. Therefore I have taken seat in the assessment panel responsible for reaccreditation of four Biomedical Sciences programs in the Netherlands. Additionally, I am the secretary of the alumni association Biomedical Sciences of the University of Amsterdam.