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Cambridge Veterinary School

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Dr Jessica Bergman

Dr Jessica Bergman

Research Associate


Having always been fascinated about nature, I studied biology at Uppsala University, Sweden, and got my BSc (2008) and MSc (2010) in microbiology and genetics. I graduated with my PhD in 2014, from the same university. My PhD projects focused on growth physiology in Salmonella enterica (serovar Typhimurium), using genetic tools to dissect gene regulation and antibiotic resistance.

In early 2016 I did a short-term postdoctoral project on bacteriophages at Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge. In May 2016 I joined Prof. Clare Bryants group here at Department for Veterinary Science.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Interests

My research is focused on bacterial adhesion to airway epithelia. I am studying mechanisms of adhesion, as well as taking part in development of techniques to quantify the adhesion.


  • Airway epithelia
  • Bacteriology
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Bacterial adhesion

Collaborators outside this directory

Key Publications

My Google Scholar profile is found here:

Brandis G, Bergman JM and Hughes D. 2016. Autoregulation of the tufB operon in Salmonella. Mol. Microbiol, doi: 10.1111/mmi.13364

Hammarlöf DL*, Bergman JM*, Garmendia E, and Hughes D. 2015. Turnover of mRNA is one of the essential functions of RNase E. (2015) Mol. Microbiol, 98(1): 34 – 45

Bergman JM, Wrande M, and Hughes D. 2014. Acetate availability and utilization supports the growth of mutant sub-populations on aging bacterial colonies. (2014) PLoS ONE, 9(10): e109255

Bergman JM*, Hammarlöf DL*, and Hughes D. 2014. Reducing ppGpp level rescues an extreme growth defect caused by mutant EF-Tu. (2014) PLoS ONE, 9(2): e90486.

Fuchino K, Bagchi S, Cantlay S, Sandblad L, Wu D, Bergman J, Kamali-Moghaddam M, Flärdh K, and Ausmees N. 2013. Dynamic gradients of an intermediate filament-like cytoskeleton are recruited by a polarity landmark during apical growth. (2013) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA E1889–E1897

* These authors contributed equally to the work