Marin Vulic

Marin VulicResearch Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology

Department of Biology
Northeastern University
302 Mugar Life Sciences
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 

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Academic Education

  • Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Genetics, Universite Paris XI, France
  • B.Sc., Molecular Biology, University of Zagreb, Croatia


  • Research Assistant Professor, Northeastern University (2006 – present)
  • Senior Scientist, Northeastern University (2004 – 2006)
  • Research Associate (post vert INSERM), Faculté de Médicine, Necker, Paris (2001 – 2004)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School (1998 – 2001)
  • Graduate Student, Institute Jacques Monod, Paris (1993 – 1998)

Research Interests

Persisters are bacterial cells able to survive killing by antibiotics. This antibiotic tolerance is mechanistically distinct from resistance. Persisters are not mutants but phenotypic variants. We are interested in genetic mechanism(s) underlying formation of persister fraction within genetically identical antibiotic-susceptible population of bacteria. Understanding these mechanisms is important in order to get a complete and realistic picture of pathogens during the infection and antibiotic treatment, especially in the case of chronic and relapsing infections. In addition there is an interest in uncovering the mechanism of generation of phenotypic diversity and its role and significance in evolution.