Maria Ines Villalba


Maria Ines Villalba is originally from Argentina, and she graduated in 2013 with a degree in genetics from the National University of Misiones, Argentina. As part of her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of La Plata, she combined microbiological techniques with atomic force microscopy to study Bordetella pertussis on the micro and nano scale. In February 2021, she joined LBEM as a postdoctoral researcher whose research interests include nanomotion of mitochondria, bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells as well as Bio-AFM studies.

Current Project

Optical nanomotion detection as a new method to rapidly assess the sensitivity of single microbial cells to antibiotics and antifungals


2021 - presentPostdoctoral fellow, Laboratory of Biological Electron Microscopy (LBEM), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2014 - 2020Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of La Plata (UNLP), La Plata, Argentina