Jeffrey Becker, professor and head of the Department of Microbiology, maintains a very active research program. He recently published a paper as lead author in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
The paper describes a model for testing essential growth genes (those that are necessary for growth and thus difficult to manipulate) from Candida albicans. The paper provides a new method for researchers to begin to target these genes in antifungal therapy. To this end the paper lays an important foundation for the development of new drugs and therapies for future medical use.
The paper, cited as Becker, JM et al. 2010. Pathway analysis of Candida albicans survival and virulence determinants in a murine infection model. PNAS USA 107 (51) 22044 – 22049, is available on the PNAS website.
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