1693. Cryptococcosis: What the Infectious Diseases Practitioner Needs to Know
Session: Symposium: Big Beasts II
Saturday, October 6, 2018: 9:35 AM
Room: W 2005-2024
Bettina C. Fries, MD, FIDSA, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Fries is a Full Professor in Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University in NY. She is also the Infectious Disease Division Chief with a particular research interest in the area of fungal infections, and anti-infective antibodies. She practices as an infectious disease consultant at the university hospital. She has received numerous extramural grant support, including 20 straight years of support by the National Institutes of Health. The primary focus of her research is on the pathogenesis of chronic infection by the pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans. She has been investigating both the host response to chronic C. neoformans infection and the molecular mechanisms that allow the fungus to change based on the host response. In addition, Dr. Fries has developed neutralizing antibodies against Staphylococcal enterotoxin B and K (SEB, SEK) as well as monoclonal that bind to the polysaccharide capsule of carbapenem resistant Klebsiella strains as well as Klebsiella strains with a hypermucoid capsule type. These antibodies serve both therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. Born in California but raised in Germany, Dr. Fries went to University in Marburg and graduated with a medical degree from the University of Freiburg. She also completed a medical doctoral thesis at The Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg. She came to the US on a Deutsche Forschungs Gesellschaft research fellowship award and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for two years before arriving in New York City to begin her clinical training, including internship, medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at Albert Einstein and Montefiore. She began her faculty career at Albert Einstein as Instructor and rose to the rank of Professor in 2013. Nationally, Dr. Fries is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America since 2006. She is a regularly invited reviewer for journals and grants, and serves as a standing member on the NIH study section for AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).


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