Professor

Basic Information

Personal Website:
Office:
Plant Sciences, Rm 1512
Lab office:
Plant Sciences, Rm 1505
Lab phone:
706-542-6026
Research Interests:
  • 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.
Grants:

Azole Resistance in East Coast and West Coast Agricultural Settings,
Centers for Disease Control, 
PI: M. Momany, co-PI: Marin Brewer

Azole Resistance in Agricultural Settings,
Centers for Disease Control, 
PI: M. Momany, co-PI: Marin Brewer

Investigating microbial resistance to antifungal treatments for plants and people,
UGA President’s Interdisciplinary Seed Grant,
Co-PIs: Marin Brewer and Michelle Momany

Evasive Branching in Fungi,
Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Collaborative Travel Grant,
PI: M. Momany, Host: D. Irimia, Harvard

Selected Publications:
Education:

Ph.D Fungal Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Texas - Austin

B.A. Microbiology, University of Texas - Austin