portrait of Luisa W. Hugerth

Luisa Warchavchik Hugerth

Affiliated to research

Molecular biologist turned ecologist turned bioinformatician.
Trying to understand how the human microbiome and female hormones modulates chronic disease.

Research description

Recurrent infections present a major health and psychological burden for patients, are risk factors for other complications and are also a major risk factor for the development of antimicrobial resistance. By understanding the dynamics of the human microbiome in relation to host background and activities, we will be able to address these issues in a tailored approach to each patient. Currently focused on gynaecological and reproductive health.

I'm interested in all technical aspects from cohort design, sample collection, molecular biology methods, bioinformatics software and appropriate statistical procedures. Crap in, crap out, as the saying goes.

Recent publications:

Assessment of in vitro and in silico protocols for sequence-based characterization of the human vaginal microbiome


Dysbiosis of the Human Oral Microbiome During the Menstrual Cycle and Vulnerability to the External Exposures of Smoking and Dietary Sugar


The Healthy Female Microbiome Across Body Sites: Effect of Hormonal Contraceptives and the Menstrual Cycle (pre-print)


Genome sequence of segmented filamentous bacteria present in the human intestine



PhD in Biotechnology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2016)

Master's in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet (2012)

Bachelor's in Molecular Sciences at the University of São Paulo (2010)