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Molecular microbiology and virology

R. Ranka lab

Renāte Ranka , Dr. biol

Leading researcher
Phone: +371 67808218
E-mail: renate_r@biomed.lu.lv

Research

The main research area of our group is investigation of the molecular bases of different biological functions of medically-important pathogens with especial focus on pathogen-host interaction. First, we are interesting to expand our understanding of the pathogenesis of tuberculosis (TB), mechanisms of spread, and mechanisms underlying drug resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Recently, we engaged in paleopathology studies aiming to understand the mechanisms by which Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the human host have co-evolved. Second, we are working on deciphering factors involved in determining the spread of the important tick-borne infections in Europe, and our studies are related to genetic, epidemiological and biological aspects of various tick-borne diseases. Third, we are interesting in deciphering of various factors leading to the reactivation of latent infections in aged population such as the immunosenescence processes, and genetic predisposition to infectious diseases (clinical tuberculosis).

Scientific Staff

Inta Jansone , Dr. biol, intai@biomed.lu.lv

Inta Jansone , Dr. biol

Senior researcher
Phone: +371 67808218
E-mail: intai@biomed.lu.lv

Liāna Pliss , Dr. biol, liana.pliss@gmail.com

Liāna Pliss , Dr. biol

Senior researcher
Phone: +371 67808218
E-mail: liana.pliss@gmail.com

Jānis Ķimsis , MSc. biol., janis.kimsis@gmail.com

Jānis Ķimsis , MSc. biol.

Research assistants
Phone: +371 67808200
E-mail: janis.kimsis@gmail.com

Alisa Kazarina , MPh., alisa.kazaina@inbox.lv

Alisa Kazarina , MPh.

Research assistants
Phone: +371 67808200
E-mail: alisa.kazaina@inbox.lv

Viktorija Igumnova , MPh., viktorija.igumnova@gmail.com

Viktorija Igumnova , MPh.

Research assistants
Phone: +371 67808200
E-mail: viktorija.igumnova@gmail.com

Valentīna Čapligina , Msc. biol, chaplygina@biomed.lu.lv

Valentīna Čapligina , Msc. biol

Research assistants
Phone: +371 67808200
E-mail: chaplygina@biomed.lu.lv

Egija Zole , MSc. biol., egija.zole@gmail.com

Egija Zole , MSc. biol.

Research assistants
Phone: +371 67808218
E-mail: egija.zole@gmail.com

Ilva Pole , MSc. biol., ilva.pole@gmail.com

Ilva Pole , MSc. biol.

Research assistants
Phone: +371 67808200
E-mail: ilva.pole@gmail.com

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Mājas lapas izstrādi finansēja ERAF 2.1.1.2. aktivitātes projekts Nr. 2010/0196/2DP/2.1.1.2.0/10/APIA/VIAA/004 "Latvijas biomedicīnas pētījumu integrācija Eiropas zinātnes telpā".