Tanya Sysoeva, Ph.D.

Tanya Sysoeva, Ph.D.

University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)

Tanya Sysoeva, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). She is interested in understanding how bacteria adapt to their changing environments and interact within their ecological niches.

Sysoeva received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, where she studied structural mechanisms of bacterial transcription regulation in the laboratory of Dr. Tracy Nixon. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Briana Burton at Harvard University for her postdoctoral training to study bacterial membrane transport processes using bacterial genetics, biochemistry and structural biology.

As a National Institute of Health (NIH) K12 KURe Scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Lingchong You at Duke University, Sysoeva used molecular biology and bioinformatics to research clinical antibiotic-resistant uropathogens and commensal microbiome of the urinary tract.

The Sysoeva laboratory at UAH focuses on the problem of multidrug-resistant urinary tract infections (UTIs), trying to address this problem (i) by studying natural processes that prevent spread of resistance plasmids and (ii) by characterizing commensal and pathogenic bacteria in human urinary microbiome as an ecological niche. The research goal of her group is to identify how urinary microbiome develops and gets susceptible to uropathogens, and to create novel strategies to prevent and treat antibiotic-resistant UTIs via drug- or microbiome-based interventions.