Raquel Abad Torreblanca is Researcher at the Neisseria, Listeria and Bordetella Unit of the National Centre for Microbiology (ISCIII) since 2002. She obtained a Ph.D. in Microbiology of the Complutense University (Biological Sciences faculty) of Madrid (Spain) in 2007, with a postdoctoral training period in Molecular Microbiology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris (France).
Dr. Abad is a member of the Spanish Society for Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, and of the European Meningococcal Disease society, belonging to the working group on isolate characterization and antimicrobial resistance. She also actively collaborates with the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) as a member of the ECDC network for Invasive Meningococcal Disease (EU-Ibis), of the Laboratory Surveillance network for pertussis in Europe (Eupert-labnet), of the European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (Euro-GASP) and of the European Listeria WGS typing group (ELITE WGS).
Her research career is focused on the invasive bacterial diseases surveillance based on laboratory data to improve decision making and interventions in public health. Main areas of research include invasive meningococcal disease (microbiological surveillance, antimicrobial resistance, vaccines) and gonococcal infections (microbiological surveillance mainly focused on antimicrobial resistance). In both cases, implementation of new tools based on whole genome sequencing to better knowledge and surveillance is one of the research approach we are actually working.
Regarding her teaching activity, Dr. Raquel Abad is professor in several PhD and master programs at the UCM and UAH, also participating in the direction of final master’s projects, thesis, and tutoring scholarship holders.