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Fungal pathogens topic of microbiology lecture

John Perfect, professor of medicine and director of the Mycology Research Unit at Duke University Medical Center, will present "Cryptococcus neoformans: a Sugar-coated Killer but a Model Fungal Pathogen" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in 218 Pearson Hall. His lecture is part of the Miami University microbiology department’s distinguished lecturer series.

Perfect is internationally recognized for his work on fungal disease. His research has focused on the molecular characteristics and the mechanisms of lung infection and disease caused by the yeast Cryptococcus neoformans. Understanding the genetic regulation of C. neoformans during infection may lead to tools for developing new antifungal drugs.

Perfect is the recipient of the Scholar/Teacher Award from Duke University, where he teaches medical students and trains medical residents and fellows about fungal diseases. His research is supported by grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health and several major pharmaceutical corporations.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He serves in an advisory capacity for several federal organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

The department of microbiology distinguished lecture series is funded by an Academic Challenge Grant. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Date Published: 11/08/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 15

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