Ph.D Fungal Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Texas - Austin
B.A. Microbiology, University of Texas - Austin
- The septin cytoskeleton in Aspergillus nidulans. Septins are less familiar and less well-understood than actin and tubulins because they were discovered more recently. But, it has become very clear in the last 5 years that septins play roles as diverse and important as those of actin and tubulin. My lab is investigating the cell biology, biophysics and evolution of this important group of proteins.
- Spores and environmental adaptation of Aspergillus fumigatus. Invasive fungal infections kill over a million people each year and greatly complicate the management of chronic lung conditions like COPD, cystic fibrosis, and asthma, placing a huge burden on the healthcare system. Most invasive fungal infections are acquired when spores from the environment are inhaled, break dormancy, and grow in the lungs of the immunocompromised. My lab is investigating how spores allow fungi to adapt to new environments.
- Combining cell biology and transcriptomics to understand invasive aspergillosis, The Royal Society, UK, International Exchanges Scheme Co-PIs: Michelle Momany and Elaine Bignell (U of Manchester), 12/01/15-11/01/17, £12000
- Co-Chair 28th Fungal Genetics Conference (2015) at Asilomar
- Gordon Research Conference: Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology - Co-chair (2010)
- National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences 2008
- American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow 2008
- Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching (Franklin College, UGA) 2005
- Aspergillus Genome Research Policy Committee (2003- ) AGRPC Chair (4/2004- )