Researching bacterial pathogenesis






Francesca Rothenbacher, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Microbiology and Biochemistry, 2011
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ

B.S., Biology, 2006
Delaware State University
Dover, DE, 2006

Virus-Host Interactions in Eukaryotic Cells Training Grant,
Awarded to S. Pestka, UMDNJ. 2010-2011.

Professional Experience
Postdoctoral Research, 2012 - present
Identifying mechanisms of pathogenesis in V.cholerae and C.difficile. 
Department of Microbiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Freelance Medical Writer, 2012
Tricore Interactive, LLC. 

Postdoctoral Research, 2011-2012
"Characterizing the activity of the TA toxin Doc."

Doctoral Research, 2006-2011
"Determining the role of MazEF, a toxin-antitoxin system, in Clostridium difficile pathogenesis."

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011
Course: "Medical Microbiology"
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ

Rothenbacher FP, Suzuki M, Hurley JM, Montville TJ, Kirn TJ, Ouyang M, Woychik NA. Clostridium 
difficile MazF toxin exhibits selective, not global, mRNA cleavage. J. Bacteriology 2012, July;194(13)

Arbing MA, Handelman SK, Kuzin AP, Verdon G, Wang C, Su M, Rothenbacher FP, 
Abashidze M, Liu M, Hurley JM, Xiao R, Acton T, Inouye M, Montelione GT, Woychik NA, 
Hunt JF. Crystal Structures of Phd-Doc, HigA, and YeeU Establish Multiple Evolutionary Links between 
Microbial Growth-Regulating Toxin-Antitoxin Systems. Structure 2010, Aug 11;18(8):996-1010.