New Approaches and Concepts in Microbiology

After a short break, I'm on the road again, now off to Heidelberg!

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After a lovely week in Paris a couple of weeks back for the "EMBO Conference on hijacking host signalling and epigenetic mimicry during infections", and a week off in Portugal for some quality family time, I'm back on the road. This time I'm in Heidelberg, to attend another EMBO meeting, now dedicated to "New Approaches and Concepts in Microbiology". It's a great line-up and, judging by day 1, some great stories, including a few mentions of Nature Microbiology (for example, by Daniel Dar when talking about Term-Seq; and Nassos Typas when describing Iris).

I'd like to promise that I'll keep you posted on what's happening here regularly, but judging by my monumental failure to write a summary after day 1 from the Paris meeting, I'm not so sure I'll have much free time. But if you're also attending the meeting, please come find me for a chat - that is a promise I can keep!

Claudio Nunes-Alves

Senior Editor, Nature Microbiology

I'm a senior editor at Nature Microbiology, interested in all things bacteria, virus, archaea, fungi and parasites (but I mostly handled articles focusing on bacterial physiology, evolution, parasites and archaea). Before joining Nature, I studied biochemistry at the University of Porto, Portugal, as an undergrad; and was a grad student and post-doc in the labs of Margarida Correia-Neves (ICVS, Braga, Portugal), Sam Behar (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and then at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA) and Christophe Benoist (at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA), where I studied multiple aspects of immunity to tuberculosis.