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Welcome Vasileios Petrou, Ph.D., our new Assistant Professor and Chancellor Scholar!



Vasileios Petrou, PhD joined the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and the Center for Immunity and Inflammation as an Assistant Professor and Chancellor Scholar on July 1, 2019. Dr. Petrou received his PhD in Neuroscience from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2012 and joins Rutgers New Jersey Medical School from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, where he completed his postdoctoral training in 2019. Dr. Petrou’s research focus is to understand the structure-function relationship of membrane proteins that (1) enable clinically-important antibiotic resistance in bacteria, and 2) regulate neurotransmission in mammals. In mid-2017, Dr. Petrou was awarded a highly competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant (designated K99/R00) to investigate in more detail the structure and function of the bacterial aminoarabinose transferase protein (ArnT), which is a key bacterial membrane protein providing resistance to polymyxin-class antibiotics. This award is based, in part, on Dr. Petrou’s 2016 peer-reviewed publication as first author in the prestigious AAAS-sponsored journal Science. Specifically, this publication and his NIH grant positions Dr. Petrou to gain important insights on the way in which the apo- and substrate bound forms of ArnT function to stymie antimicrobials. In addition, this work will include follow-up, translational studies that will work to improve and redesign anti-infectives. Learn More about Dr. Petrou...