Dr. Rocio Canals received her Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2007, studying molecular mechanisms of bacterial virulence in Aeromonas. She was post-doctoral fellow at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy), characterizing the structure of bacterial cell surface carbohydrates from different bacteria, including Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. She spent five years as a member of Dr. Michael McClelland’s lab in San Diego (USA), where she worked on Salmonella functional genomics and the development of high-throughput sequencing protocols. During the last year, she was also involved in a prostate cancer research project at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Canals joined Jay Hinton’s group in 2013 where she is studying the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of an emergent Salmonella strain in sub-Saharan Africa using a comparative RNA-seq-based transcriptomic approach. She was awarded with a two year Marie Curie International Incoming fellowship (2014-2016).