MMGC experience and partners

Principal research consultant of MMGC is Dr. Trudy Wassenaar. In addition, partners with excellent knowledge on graphic design, taxonomy, web performance and bioinformatics can be called upon when needed.

With over 20 years of experience in scientific consulting there are few problems that the founder of MMGC can't solve. The subject areas of microbiology she has been involved in are diverse and cover both molecular biology and genetics/genomics of bacteria and viruses. Her List of Publications speaks for itself.

  • 1998-present: Founder of MMGC and principal research consultant in academic and applied microbiological research. Research consulting is carried out by intensive Email contact, web conferencing and regular personal visits.
  • 2015-2016: Part-time associate professor at ORLN, Oak Ridge, TN, USA.
  • 2005-2009: Part-time associate professor at the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Danish Technical University (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark.
  • International research experience: three-month research visits were spent at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia; at the South-African National Bioinformatic Institute, Belleville, South Africa; and at ID-DLO in Lelystad, the Netherlands.
  • 1993-1998: Research fellow at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Germany), Institute for Medical Microbiology. Subjects of Research: heat shock and porin genes of Salmonella, hemolysin genes of E. coli and V. cholerae, and nearly all aspects of Campylobacter: molecular genetic characterization of virulence and colonization properties, genotyping methods, genetic instability, genomics, population genetics.
  • 1989-1993: Ph.D., later Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utrecht, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Netherlands. Subject of Research: motility genes of Campylobacter jejuni.
  • 1984-1989: Laboratory assistant at the Free University in Amsterdam, Department of Biochemistry, the Netherlands. Subject of Research: coordinated ribosomal protein biosynthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
  • 1992: Ph.D. University of Utrecht, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Netherlands.
  • 1984: B.Sc. University of Wales, College of Swansea. Bachelor of Science Honors II.1 Degree in Biochemistry
  • 1982: Qualified Laboratory Assistant in Biochemistry, with molecular biology as specialization, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Trudy Wassenaar isa member of the Editorial board of:

  • Journal of Applied Microbiolgy 
  • Letters of Applied Microbiology

She is a referee for a number of journals, including:

  • Microbiology UK
  • Gut Pathogens
  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
  • PLoS One
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Journal of Applied Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Journal of Infectious Diseases

She has acted as a referee for chapters in the following books: Environmental Microbiology and Ecology (Blackwell); Campylobacter, 2nd Edition (ASM Press).

External examiner of Ph.D. theses from: RMIT University, Sydney, Australia; Utrecht University, The Netherlands; University of Cape Town, South Africa, Complutensa University of Madrid  (UCM), Madrid, Spain.

References from academic colleagues or one of our clients can be provided upon request.


Conserved mutations in the latest Monkeypox virus clade were characterized

The current global outbreak of Moneypox virus required a detailed bioinformatic analysis to determine which mutations are consistently present in isolates that are now being detected. Some of these may have caused changes in the virus' behavior, such as increasing the replication rate or virus titers, which needs to be experimentally verified.

The publication describing this work is open source and can be found here

Book recommendation

Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the BeautifulBacteria:
The Benign,
the Bad, and
the Beautiful

Dr. Trudy Wassenaar


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