Amanda is a PhD student in the Korcsmáros Group focusing on how pathogens, such as Salmonella affect the host intestinal cells, with a special focus on autophagy. Amanda gained her BSc and MSc at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, where she found bacterial modulation of autophagy particularly interesting - her MSc focused upon in silico analysis of predicted protein-protein interactions between Salmonella and the autophagy network in humans. Currently tackling her PhD, building on her previous MSc project, Amanda joined the Korcsmáros Group to further characterise the way that Salmonella (among other pathogens) can hijack the human autophagy process which would otherwise tend to eliminate intracellular bacteria.
She hopes to achieve a better understanding of host-pathogen interactions upon infection, potentially leading to improved effectiveness of antibiotic treatments.
Amanda also enjoys hiking, running, and caving. She also loves the Alien movies!