Lab Members

Anita Sil, Ph.D., M.D.

Principal Investigator

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Dror Assa

Graduate Student

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H. capsulatum is a dimorphic fungus that switches from an infectious mold in the soil to a parasitic yeast in its hosts. I am studying the molecular basis of this morphological switch.

Dinara Azimova

Graduate Student

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I am studying the role of the Histoplasma capsulatum secreted effector Cbp1 in a macrophage infection. I am interested in determining what host proteins Cbp1 interacts with through a mass spectrometry approach. I am also interested in studying other potential secreted effectors of H. capsulatum.

Allison Cohen

Graduate Student

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In collaboration with the lab of Dr. Michael Bassik, I am investigating host genes that are required for macrophage susceptibility to infection with Histoplasma capsulatum.

Sarah Heater

Graduate Student

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Bastian Joehnk, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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I am working on a CRISPR/Cas9 based approach to facilitate targeted gene disruptions in Histoplasma. I am further interested in using GWAS to identify new virulence determinants for Coccidioides, the causative agent of Valley Fever.

Rosa Rodriguez

Graduate Student

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I'm studying how a family of small secreted effectors manipulate macrophages during Histoplasma infection.

Mark Roxas

Lab Assistant, Lab Manager

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I manage media and glassware.

Mark Voorhies, Ph.D.

Specialist

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I provide bioinformatics support for the lab and maintain Histobase, a database of functional annotations for the Histoplasma genomes. I am interested in the evolution of tempertature-dependent regulation of morphology in the Onygenales and in the parallel emergence of pathogenesis in these fungi.

Keith Walcott

Staff Research Associate

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I am studying Coccidioides, the causative agent of Valley Fever.

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