Anna Konovalova, PhD
Job Title: Assistant Professor
Current Employer: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Postdoctoral at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (2012-2017)
Ph.D. in Natural Science, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology/Philips University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany (2011)
M.S. in Microbiology and Virology, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine (2007)
B.S. in Microbiology, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine (2005)
I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the McGovern Medical School, UTHealth. In my lab, we are focused on how Gram-negative bacteria build and maintain the integrity of their cell envelope. Cell envelope is an essential organelle and a major factor of intrinsic antibiotic resistance. We aim to provide deep functional understanding of the assembly and homeostasis pathways and their interconnectivity as the first step in the scientific roadmap for antibiotic discovery.
Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:
Prioritization; adaptability and collegiality are the skills that serve well in any professional setting, and of course, when managing your own research team.
What I love most about my job:
I like the creative freedom and that I get to choose the project I work on and the people I work with. I am privileged to meet the most amazing and talented people who inspire me on a daily basis.