Elitza Tocheva
Elitza Tocheva
Assistant Professor
Research Faculty
Office Tel
Office Location
2508 - 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Life Sciences Centre
Lab Name
Tocheva Lab
Lab Tel
Lab Location
2540 - 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Life Sciences Centre
Associated Departments
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Research Group
Antibiotic Resistance & Biofilms
Bacterial Physiology
Microbial Ecology, Diversity, and Geochemistry
Research Interests

The Tocheva lab focuses on bridging the scales between individual proteins, macromolecular assemblies and neighboring cells. By applying new correlative fluorescence light microscopy (fLM) and cryo electron tomography (cryo-ET) we aim to generate much needed insight into the structure and function of major macromolecular assemblies such as the bacterial cell envelope, morphological changes due to stress responses, and DNA transfer and segregation machines.


The main areas of research in the lab are:


  1. Evolution of the outer membrane in bacteria
  2. Sporulation in Firmicutes and Actinobacteria
  3. Secretion systems in Mycobacteria
  4. Host-pathogen interactions
  5. Characterization of novel bacterial phyla