Dewachter lab

In our lab, we study the cell cycle of Streptococcus pneumoniae
in the hopes of discovering novel ways to kill this major human pathogen.


Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the most important human pathogens. It consistently ranks among those bacteria with the highest mortality rates and highest number of resistance-associated deaths. New and effective ways to combat S. pneumoniae infections are therefore urgently needed.

We want to contribute to the search for new antibacterial therapies by first building a better understanding of how S. pneumoniae grows and divides. We aim to identify mechanisms that regulate the S. pneumoniae cell cycle and characterize them at the molecular level. These insights will then be exploited to find novel ways to inhibit or corrupt growth of this major human pathogen.


Want to know more about our work? See our research
Are you interested in joining our team? See our open positions



  • Welcome Ando!
    A second master student is joining us: Welcome Ando! Ando is a master student in Biotechnology at the University of Lille who is doing a four-month internship with us. She will explore how S. pneumoniae deals with stress. Good luck Ando!
  • Welcome Adil!
    A very warm welcome to Adil, the first researcher in the lab! Adil is a master student in biomedical sciences who will be doing his master thesis research in the lab. He will investigate the role of essential GTPases in Streptococcus pneumoniae cell cycle regulation. The research has started!