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Friday Research Seminar Series: Biochemistry and Nutrition

October 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Friday Research Seminar Series


Join the Des Moines University research community for a series of presentations highlighting the research that is being done on campus and in the local area. This week’s Friday Research Seminar Series will be hosted by the Biochemistry and Nutrition department. All DMU faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served.

The Role of Septins in the Human Pathogen Candida Albicans


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blankenshipJill Blankenship, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests: The research in my lab is focused on the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans. C. albicans and related Candida species are the fourth-leading cause of infection in US hospitals. The mortality rate of patients with systemic Candida infections is as high as 40% in certain patient populations, and the susceptible patient population continues to grow. Our work centers on a family of proteins, called septins, which impact both the pathogenesis of the organism as well as its antifungal drug sensitivity. The septins have well-defined roles in cell division, but our work has uncovered novel roles for these proteins in cell wall integrity, a process targeted by the antifungal drug caspofungin. We are utilizing genetic and biochemical approaches to define the role of septins in cell wall integrity as well as their contribution to filamentation, a process required for pathogenesis in this fungus.


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