Sinisa Vidovic is a scientist at the Plant and Food Research Institute, located in Auckland, New Zealand. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology in 2008 at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, working on the role of the RpoS sigma factor in the stress response of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. During his post-doctoral studies, he extended his research to the area of clinical microbiology and antimicrobial resistance, introducing comparative genomics with an emphasis on next-generation sequencing. In 2015, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Minnesota, USA. His research at the U of M focused on two distinct areas i) stress physiology and ii) molecular epidemiology of non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS). He has combined both research areas to gain an insight into the molecular basis underlying the stress tolerance of NTS as well as to identify and characterize their highly virulent lineages.
His research at the Plant and Food Institute is focused on three major themes: i) Vibrio parahaemolyticus genomics ii) determination of the quorum quenching mechanism in Listeria monocytogenes and iii) use of nanotechnology platforms for developing anti-infective molecules or anti-adhesive surfaces against major foodborne pathogens. His long-term objective is the determination of the mechanisms that play a critical role in bacterial colonization and adherence to specific host receptors. Our research group has the potential for the development of novel anti-infective molecules or surfaces significantly resistant to colonization, specifically by Listeria monocytogenes and Vibrio parahaemolyticus.