Assistant Professor of Biology
Areas of Expertise: Molecular biology, molecular genetics, and mycology
I was a late bloomer when it comes to my interest in science. As I became more involved in my science studies, I began to appreciate science for its inquiry and I was able to see all of the possibilities. I pursued a scientific career mainly to understand the mechanisms underlying clinically relevant diseases. Fungi have served as model organisms in which extraordinary biological processes have been elucidated. Thus, mycology lies at the core of my biomedical research career.
Our research focuses on the major human fungal pathogen Candida albicans. We
are interested in the molecular mechanism underlying the cell wall stress response.
We are also interested in how cell-surface glycoproteins mediate attachment to host
surfaces. Currently, we are exploring how the transcription factor Sko1 confers stress
protection to cells challenged with hyperosmotic stress and antifungal drugs. We are
also identifying the chaperone network that governs processing and localization of the
Als cell-surface adhesins.
As a mentor, my main goal is to prepare students for graduate or professional school.
I assign independent projects that allow students to design and troubleshoot experiments,
develop oral presentation skills, utilize scientific databases, and polish their
writing skills. Although I do not micromanage students, I regularly hold one-to-one
meetings where experimental progress and plans are discussed.