Kristina Jonas
Kristina Jonas, Assistant Professor

As stated on SSF homepage, the aim of the Foundation in launching this programme is to support and promote young scientists who have the potential and the ambition to become future leaders of academic and/or industrial research in Sweden. The vision of the Foundation of a future research leader is a scientist of the highest standing who in addition displays a potential for leadership and management, an understanding of the process of implementing research results and who is prepared at a later stage of the research career to assume responsibility for constellations larger than her/his own research group.

Focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial proliferation

Bacteria comprise the largest part of the earth’s biomass, having profound impact on public health, industry and society. Although the field of bacteriology has a long history, the mechanisms that allow bacteria to persist and proliferate in diverse environments remain incompletely understood. In the SSF funded project Kristina Jonas and her group will elucidate the precise cellular mechanisms by which two major chaperones DnaK (Hsp70) and GroEL (Hsp60) are connected with cell cycle and growth control in the model bacterium Caulobacter crescentus. Chaperones belong to the most highly conserved proteins on earth. The molecular mechanisms by which they affect bacterial proliferation may provide attractive new targets for novel antimicrobial drugs.

 

MBW congratulates Kristina Jonas on receiving this award!

 

More information

Webpage Jonas group

Webpage of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

SSF press release