Dr Vincenzo Torraca

Dr Vincenzo Torraca


I am currently a Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Westminster and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I was previously an Assistant Professor and Wellcome ISSF Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Imperial College London and a Marie Curie PhD Fellow at Leiden University.

I was awarded a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology (Leiden University), a MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Salerno University) and a BSc in Molecular and Computational Biology (Salerno University).

My work focuses on host-pathogen interactions and antimicrobial resistance for globally relevant bacterial pathogens, such as Shigella, Salmonella, and Mycobacterium.

For details, visit my ORCID profile.


My current work focuses on host-pathogen interactions and antimicrobial resistance for globally relevant bacterial pathogens, such as Shigella, Salmonella, and Mycobacterium.

In the lab, I use a combination of wet lab, computational biology and animal models (zebrafish) to address how pathogens develop antibiotic resistance or establish long-term infections of the host. 

I am very open to new collaborations, so do not hesitate to contact me to discuss my research goals further.

For details on my research outputs, visit my Google Scholar profile.


  • Food, Nutrition and Public Health
  • The Centre for Nutraceuticals
  • Computational Vision and Imaging Technology
  • Westminster Water Research
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Learning and Teaching Research Group

In brief

Research areas

Shigella, Antimicrobial resistance, Persistent Infection, Macrophage, Neutrophil, Innate Immunity, Mycobacteria, Chemokines, Cytoskeleton, Infectious Disease, Immunity and Infection and Zebrafish

Skills / expertise

Microbiology, Immunology, Animal models and Zebrafish

Supervision interests

Antimicrobial Resistance, Infectious Disease, Immunology, Microbiology and Shigella