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Friday Research Seminar Series: Biochemistry and Nutrition

Friday, October 24 at 12:00 PM
Des Moines University, Lecture Hall 1, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

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


  1. Compare and contrast signaling capacity in phenotypes related to in vivo survival and antifungal drug susceptibility between C. albicans and the non-pathogenic fungus Saccharomyces cerevsiae.
  2. Describe the role that septins have in pathogenesis and antifungal drug susceptibility.
  3. Discuss the impact of removal of the 3’ untranslated region of a gene on gene expression.


blankenshipJill Blankenship, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Dr. Jill Blankenship has spent the last 16 years studying pathogenic fungi. In her graduate research, she studied antifungal drug targets and their roles in pathogenesis and antifungal drug susceptibility in the human pathogensCryptococcus neoformans and Candida albicans in Joe Heitman’s lab at Duke University. In her postdoctoral research in labs at Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Blankenship used forward genetics approaches to identify genes involved in pathogenesis and antifungal drug susceptibility. She has continued this research in her independent position, and has successfully published 16 research papers and 4 reviews on this topic.