Tocheva Lab- Principal Investigator

Elitza Tocheva

Assistant Professor
Lab Website:
Publications: Elitza Tocheva's Publications
Twitter: @ElitzaTocheva

Lab Tel: 604-822-6982
Lab Rm #: 2540 - 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Life Sciences Centre

Office Tel: 604-822-0073
Office Rm #: 2508 - 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Life Sciences Centre


Associated Departments

Research Groups

  • Pathogenesis
  • Bacterial Physiology
  • Microbial Ecology, Diversity, and Geochemistry
  • Antibiotic Resistance & Biofilms

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