Our Team

Clara Ballesté Delpierre

Clara Ballesté Delpierre

Coordinator of Antibiotic Resistance Inititative and Jordi Vila Project Assistant Antibiotic Resistance, Antibiotic Resistance

Clara is a Doctor in Biology from the University of Barcelona. She has a degree in Human Biology from the Pompeu Fabra University where she also completed a Master in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry. Before starting the doctorate, she worked for two years as a researcher at the R&D centre of the pharmaceutical laboratories Ferrer Internacional, S.A. in new antibacterial discovery projects. Subsequently, and in this same context, she worked on the search for new antituberculosis drugs at the Biosafety 3 facilities of the Animal Health Research Centre (CreSA) in Bellaterra.

In 2011 she began as a PhD student at ISGlobal in the research group "Molecular basis of antibiotic resistance" led by Dr. Jordi Vila. His research was focused on studying the relationship between resistance acquisition to the family of antibiotics called quinolones and their effect on virulence in Salmonella enterica.

She currently assumes the role of Coordinator of the Antibiotic Resistance Initiative and is Project Assistant of Dr. Vila’s research group.

Lines of Research

  • Antimicrobial resistance

Main Publications

  • Anna Fàbrega, Clara Ballesté-Delpierre and Jordi Vila. Differential impact of ramRA mutations on both ramA transcription and decreased antimicrobial susceptibility in Salmonella Typhimurium. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2016 Mar;71(3):617-24
  • Clara Ballesté-Delpierre, Anna Fàbrega, Mario Ferrer-Navarro, Ramkumar Mathur, Sankar Ghosh and Jordi Vila. Attenuation of in vitro host-pathogen interactions in quinolone-resistant Salmonella Typhi mutants. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2016 Jan;71(1):111-22
  • Sole, Mar; Fàbrega, Anna; Cobos-Trigueros, Nazaret; Zamorano, Laura; Ferrer-Navarro, Mario; Balleste-Delpierre, Clara; Reustle, Anna; Castro, Pedro; Nicolás, José María; Oliver, Antonio; Martinez, Jose Antonio; Vila, Jordi. In vivo evolution of resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains isolated from patients admitted to an intensive care unit: mechanisms of resistance and antimicrobial exposure. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2015 Nov;70(11):3004-13
  • Anna Fàbrega, Clara Ballesté-Delpierre and Jordi Vila. Differential impact of ramRA mutations on both ramA transcription and decreased antimicrobial susceptibility in Salmonella Typhimurium. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2016 Mar;71(3):617-24
  • Clara Ballesté-Delpierre, Mar Solé, Òscar Domènech, Jordi Borrell, Jordi Vila, Anna Fàbrega. Molecular study of quinolone resistance mechanisms and clonal relationship of Salmonella enterica clinical isolates. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2014 Feb;43(2):121-5