Mart Krupovic

Chair - Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee

Department of Microbiology
Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Current term (2023 - 2026): Second


Mart Krupovic is a virologist and microbiologist. His research primarily focuses on the origin and evolution of diverse groups of bacterial, archaeal, and eukaryotic viruses as well as on the relationships between viruses and other types of mobile genetic elements, including plasmids and transposons. He uses theoretical, computational and experimental approaches to address these questions.

Mart received his MSc degree in Biochemistry (2005) from the Vilnius University, Lithuania and his PhD degree in General Microbiology (2010) from the University of Helsinki, Finland. During his PhD with Dennis H. Bamford he studied the biology and evolution of membrane-containing bacterial viruses. From 2012, he is a permanent research scientist at the Institut Pasteur of Paris, France. He has published over 50 scientific papers.

Mart’s main scientific interest lies in understanding how the virosphere is constructed and how different types of mobile genetic elements (collectively known as the ‘mobilome’) relate to each other and how they impact the evolution of their cellular hosts. It is clear that different types of mobile elements exchange genetic information with each other as well as with their hosts, thereby forming a highly complex evolutionary network. Mart is working towards unravelling the ultimate dimensions and organization of this network. 

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