Paola E. Mera

Assistant ProfessorPaola Mera | (575) 646-7679

  • B. S. (Honors), University of Colorado – Denver 2003
  • Ph. D., University of Wisconsin – Madison 2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University 2015



The goal of my lab is to identify unique species-specific genetic modules that control cell proliferation in pathogenic bacteria in order to uncover novel targets for new antibiotics. Our strategy is to focus on a conserved bacterial regulator that, in addition to controlling the initiation of DNA replication, also coordinates the progression of the cell cycle. Our methodology combines microbial genetics, biochemistry, and high resolution imaging to produce a system’s level understanding of the bacterial cell.