Dr. Cossart received her M.S. degree in chemistry from Georgetown University in 1971 and her Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the Pasteur Institute and the University of Paris in 1977. She conducted postdoctoral research at the Pasteur Institute.
In 1998, she received the Richard Lounsberry Prize and the L'Oreal/UNESCO Award for Women in Science; in 2000, the Swedish Society of Medicine awarded her the Louis Pasteur Gold Medal. She received the Valade Prize from the Fondation de France in 2003, the INSERM Prize in fundamental research in 2005, and the 2007 GlaxoSmithKline International Member of the Year Award. She has also received the 2007 Robert Koch Prize and the 2008 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. She was awarded an ERC advanced research grant in 2009. Dr. Cossart is "Officier de la Légion d'Honneur" and "Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite."
Dr. Cossart is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, the European Academy of Microbiology, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the German Academy Leopoldina. She is a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Society. She is professor, "Classe exceptionnellle," and director of the Unité des Interactions Bactéries-Cellules at the Pasteur Institute, Paris. Her unit is affiliated with INSERM and INRA.
RESEARCH ABSTRACT SUMMARY:
Pascale Cossart investigates infection by intracellular bacteria; her model is Listeria monocytogenes, one of the best systems for studying invasion, intracellular parasitism, tissue tropism, crossing of host barriers, and bacterial regulation. Her research is at the forefront of infection biology, cell biology, and microbiology.
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