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Alexey Rakov, MD, PhD, Senior Researcher

I obtained a medical graduation from the Vladivostok State Medical University, where I obtained therapeutical speciality. I defined the correlation between plasmid profile of Salmonella enteritidis and clinical manifestation of Salmonella infection to earn my M.D. and Ph.D. at the Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in the lab of Dr. Felix Shubin (Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology). Also I carried out the research of corellation between presence of virulence plasmids in Salmonella enteritidis and clinical manifestation of Salmonella infection.

Research in the lab revolves around the idea that a greater understanding of clonal organization will provide novel insights into host-pathogen interactions. This information will help us develop effective tools for diagnosing infectious diseases and help us design therapeutic strategies that favor quality outcomes for infected hosts. Salmonella infections can cause severe forms, and studying this system provides an excellent opportunity to understand: 1) clonal organization of genus Salmonella; 2) how virulent bacteria can cause extraintestinal Salmonella infection; 3) the correlations between plasmid profile and clinical manifestation of Salmonella infection; 4) the role of virulence plasmids in pathogenicity and clinics of infections caused by pathogens like Salmonella and Yersinia. In the course of these studies, the The lab uses techniques in molecular epidemiology, microbiology, and molecular biology (Salmonella monitoring, plasmid profile analysis, PCR, RAPD, PFGE etc.).

Searching opportunities for postdoctoral position, collaboration, grants, fellowships, trainings, schools, conferences on medical microbiology, molecular epidemiology, molecular biology, infectious diseases, etc.

Latest publications:

Zulz T., Wenger J.D., Rudolph K., Robinson D.A., Rakov A.V., Bruden D., Singleton R.J., Bruce M.G., Hennessy T.W. Molecular Characterization of Streptococcus pneumoniae Serotype 12F Isolates Associated with Rural Community Outbreaks in Alaska. J. Clin. Microbiol. 2013, Vol. 51, No. 5, P. 1402-1407. [abstract] (indexed in PubMed/Medline)

Rakov A.V., Shubin F.N., Kuznetsova N.A. Heterogeneity of 1.4 MDa plasmids in Salmonella enteritidis strains. Bulletin SB RAMS. 2013, Vol. 33, No. 2, P. 10-15.

Rakov A.V., Ubukata K., Robinson D.A. Population structure of hyperinvasive serotype 12F, clonal complex 218 Streptococcus pneumoniae revealed by multilocus boxB sequence typing. Infect. Genet. Evol. 2011, Vol. 11, No. 8, P. 1929-1939. doi:10.1016/j.meegid.2011.08.016.[abstract] [PDF] (1,3 Mb) (indexed in PubMed/Medline)

Rakov A.V., Shubin F.N., Kuznetsova N.A. Features of infection caused by Salmonella enteritidis not containing virulence plasmid. Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases (Moscow) 2010, No. 2, P. 31-33. [english abstract] [russian abstract]

modified: 05/22/13

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