1189. Candida albicans Colonization of the Mammalian Gastrointestinal Tract
Session: Symposium: Fungi and the Microbiome
Saturday, October 5, 2013: 9:00 AM
Room: The Moscone Center: 130-131 (Hall E)
Carol Kumamoto, PhD, Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Dr. Carol A. Kumamoto discovered a love of Microbiology in the 1980’s as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. During her graduate training at UCLA, she investigated biosynthetic processing of a particular collagen molecule, Type V procollagen, in the chick embryo. After completing her Ph.D. in 1980, she decided to seek postdoctoral training in bacterial molecular genetics, working with Dr. Jon Beckwith at Harvard Medical School and Dr. Robert Simoni at Stanford University. She joined the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine in 1986, and continued the studies of E. coli protein export and the SecB chaperone that she began as a postdoctoral fellow. More recently, Dr. Kumamoto’s research interests have shifted to the study of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Her laboratory investigates mechanisms that underlie the ability of C. albicans to colonize the mammalian intestinal tract and to invade host tissue during infection.

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