Dr. Aitor Hierro
Escape from death, strategies for intracellular survival by Legionella pneumophila
Dr. Aitor Hierro got his PhD degree in biochemistry in 2002 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Between 2002 and 2007, he conducted his postdoctoral research under the supervision of Prof. James H. Hurley at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, USA) where he specialized on the structural characterization of multiprotein complexes involved in membrane trafficking. In 2008, Dr. Hierro joined CIC bioGUNE (Bilbao) and began his independent research work on structural aspects of endosomal trafficking regulation and its role in physiological malfunction and disease. This research concentrates on the mechanisms and specific interactions during selective recruitment of cargo molecules from endosomes, and how the trafficking routes in this compartment are exploited by toxins and pathogens.