Some fungi live inside animal tissues including the human body where they can cause fatal infections. Understanding the molecular mechanisms these fungi utilize before and during infections can lead to developing novel therapeutics and treating disease caused by fungi
We are interested in answering the following research questions:
- How and why do fungi transit from environmental settings into humans and other animals?
- Do endosymbionts influence the pathogenicity of their fungal hosts?
- Does living inside of animal tissues shape fungal evolution?