National laboratora for health, environment and food, NLZOH and University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine, Maribor, Slovenia
Prof. Maja Rupnik is head of Department for microbiological research at National laboratory for health, environment and food (NLZOH) in Maribor, Slovenia. She is also a Professor for Microbiology at Faculty of Medicine, University of Maribor. She is a worldwide recognized expert on Clostridium difficile. Her research interest is focused on molecular epidemiology of Clostridium difficile, molecular typing techniques and gut microbiota. The main interest of her group are the variant C. difficile strains and abiotic reservoirs of C. difficile.
The honors and awards she obtained for her work include Alexander von Huboldt grant, ESCMID/bioMerieux Award for Advances in Clinical Microbiology and national Zois award for exceptional scientific achievements in microbiology. She is also the president of the traditional event ICDS, International C. difficile Symposium (www.icds.si).