DISSECTING VIRULENCE ATTRIBUTES IN A HUMAN PATHOGENIC FUNGUS

Grant number: 1126384 | Funding period: 2017 - 2021

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Abstract

Fungi that infect humans are a major health problem worldwide, particularly for those with compromised immune systems (eg. AIDS, transplant and cancer patients). These fungi cause disease by evading the immune system whilst deriving nutrients for growth. Some fungi evade the immune system by residing within host cells; a hostile and nutrient poor environment. This project will study genes that are required for growth inside host cells. This knowledge will open new avenues for treatment.