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Nov 7, 2019

Despite comprising half of the population, women are underrepresented as scientific professionals. The reasons for underrepresentation are multi-factorial.

Dr. Joan Bennett is a Professor at Rutgers University who studies fungi; she is a past president of the American Society of Microbiology, and a member of the...


Oct 21, 2019

Genomics-based technologies have revolutionized science. From microarrays to next-generation sequencing, genomics technologies are having a tremendous positive impact on all aspects of human health.

Dr. Joe DeRisi is a professor at the University of California San Francisco and co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg...


Sep 30, 2019

One reason is because the overwhelming bacterial members of the microbiome keep the fungi in check.

Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum is a professor at Case Western University and the director of the Center for Medical Mycology, who studies fungal pathogens, such as Candida, Aspergillus, and Cryptococcus. Ghannoum talks about how...


Sep 10, 2019

The presence of bacterial toxins in a remote coral reef got Stanley Maloy thinking about the evolution of pathogens, and where “emerging diseases” come from.

Dr. Stanley Maloy is a professor at San Diego State University who studies Salmonella, which causes gastrointestinal illness as well as more systemic disease...


Aug 19, 2019

Bacteriophages (“phages”), or bacterial viruses, are the most abundant biological entity on the planet, and the microbial world is shaped by these predators and parasites.

The ability of bacteriophages to specifically target and kill their prey is being explored as an alternate therapy to antibiotics against various...