Eleonor PalmTitle: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Health Sciences
Phone: +46 19 303359
About Eleonor Palm
Eleonor received her PhD in medical science with a specialization in biomedicine in year 2015 at Örebro University. In her thesis entitled “Inflammatory responses of gingival fibroblasts in the interaction with the periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis”, she studied host-microbe interactions. P. gingivalis is considered as a major etiological agent in periodontitis, and Eleonor studied how this bacterium interacts with fibroblasts. The PhD studies resulted in four published papers focusing on how fibroblasts respond to P. gingivalis, and how P. gingivalis in turn manipulate this inflammatory responses.
The fast development of antimicrobial resistance is classified as a global crisis by the World Health Organization. The fast evolution of antimicrobial resistant pathogens are threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases, resulting in prolonged illness, disability, and death. Without urgent action, the world is heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill. Eleonors main research field is to identify novel antimicrobial agents. An interesting field in this perspective is the antimicrobial peptides that are produced by bacteria, so-called bacteriocins. The goal is to find potent bacteriocins that can be used for treating severe infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria, including MRSA. An important part of this work is also to examine how these bacteriocins affect human cells.
Eleonor started her position a senior lecture with a specialization in clinical medicine in 2018.