Dr. Astrid Collingro






Senior Scientist

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Fascinated by the interactions between intracellular bacteria and their eukaryotic host cells, Astrid started working on bacteria-protist symbioses at the Technical University Munich (Germany), eventually joining the University of Vienna in 2003. She currently works mainly with chlamydial symbionts. By using infection experiments, comparative ‘omics and phylogenetic methods, she explores how bacteria evolved from symbionts of protists to pathogens of animals and humans. Her work often focuses on yet unexplored chlamydial lineages using ‘omics methods, together with different cultivation approaches. Recently, the impact of chlamydial symbionts on ecosystem processes and microbial community composition have gathered her interest.



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Maire, J., Tandon, K., Collingro, A., van de Meene, A., Damjanovic, K., Gotze, C. R., Stephenson, S., Philip, G. K., Horn, M., Cantin, N. E., Blackall, L. L., & van Oppen, M. J. H. (2023). Colocalization and potential interactions of Endozoicomonas and chlamydiae in microbial aggregates of the coral Pocillopora acuta. Science Advances, 9(20), [eadg0773]. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.adg0773

Halter, T., Köstlbacher, S., Collingro, A., Susanne Sixt, B., Tönshoff, E. R., Hendrickx, F., Kostanjšek, R., & Horn, M. (2022). Ecology and evolution of chlamydial symbionts of arthropods. ISME Communications, 2, [45]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43705-022-00124-5

Ghasemian, E., Inic-Kanada, A., Collingro, A., Mejdoubi, L., Alchalabi, H., Kese, D., Elshafie, B. E., Hammou, J., & Barisani-Asenbauer, T. (2021). Comparison of genovars and Chlamydia trachomatis infection loads in ocular samples from children in two distinct cohorts in Sudan and Morocco. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 15(8), [e0009655]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0009655