Group News of AG Morschhäuser
Poster Prize for Austin Mottola News
Congratulations to Austin Mottola (AG Morschhäuser), who won one of the five awarded poster prizes at the recent 71st Annual Conference of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM), which took place from 25-27 February 2019 in Göttingen. (read more)
Drug-induced mating competence enables C. albicans cells to combine individually aquired resistance mechanisms News
The pathogenic yeast Candida albicans can develop resistance to the widely used antifungal drug fluconazole by various mechanisms, with clinically relevant high resistance levels requiring a combination of these mechanisms. Joachim Morschhäuser’s group from IMIB now report in mBio that under selective pressure by the drug, those cells in a population that have acquired resistance mutations undergo genetic recombination events that further increase drug resistance and simultaneously make this normally asexual fungus mating-competent. Mating of resistant cells and subsequent reassortment of their combined chromosome sets generates progeny that is highly drug-resistant. (read more)
How a pathogenic fungus overcomes host defenses News
The yeast Candida albicans can be an opportunistic pathogen and also develop resistance to antimycotic drugs. IMIB researchers Irene Hampe and Joachim Morschhäuser report in PLoS Pathogens that the fungus becomes resistant to both drug therapy and innate host defenses by a related mechanism to establish itself in the oral cavity. (read more)
Heinz P.R. Seeliger prize for Prof. Dr. Joachim Morschhäuser News
IMIB professor Joachim Morschhäuser has been awarded the Heinz P.R. Seeliger prize for his research on the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans, especially for his pioneering work on antifungal drug resistance mechanisms. (read more)
DGHM and VAAM Poster Prize News
Congratulations to Bernardo Ramírez-Zavala (AG Morschhäuser), who won one of the ten awarded poster prizes at the recent 5th Joint Conference of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) & Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM), which took place from 5-8 March 2017 in Würzburg. (read more)
Poster Awards News
Two PhD students from AG Morschhäuser, Irene Hampe and Christina Popp, received awards at the recent 13th ASM Conference on Candida and candidiasis, in Seattle, USA.
Irene received an ASM student travel grant and her contribution was selected for an oral presentation at the conference. Christina received one of four poster prizes that were selected from a total of 190 posters.
The titles of their presentations were:- Irene Hampe: Simultaneous acquisition of drug and antifungal peptide resistance in Candida albicans by Mrr1-mediated overexpression of two different efflux pumps.- Christina Popp: Fitness costs of drug resistance in clinical Candida albicans isolates.