Pauline Maturana was born in Nîmes, South of France, in 1987. She obtained a bachelor degree in Biology at the University of Nîmes and then continued her studies at the University of Montpellier to get a Master degree in Biology/Biotechnology.
In 2011 during her first year of master studies she decided to move for 5 months to USA for an internship in the laboratory of Daniel Voth at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock. Her goal was to identify effector proteins secreted by the intracellular bacterial agent of Q fever, Coxiella burnetii, into the host cell cytosol. Her work was rewarded by a paper published in Journal of Bacteriology in 2013 (PMID: 23687269).
In 2013 she wanted to discover something else so with the help of an Erasmus grant she moved to Basel, Switzerland. She found a second-year internship at the Biozentrum in the group of Dirk Bumann. The purpose of her project was to identify target genes that could rescue in vivo the virulence of a ∆phoP strain. As she liked the place and the opportunities offered in the area for her future career she decided to stay in Basel for her PhD studies.
Currently she is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow within the ITN Translocation project and is enrolled as a PhD student at the Biozentrum in the Focal Area of Infection Biology. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in the envelop stress response of the intracellular bacterium Salmonella enterica. She will receive her PhD in January 2018.