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What do viral pandemics teach us about fungal infections?

What do viral pandemics teach us about fungal infections?

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When scientists learn from patients: Liz Ballou showcases fungi that took advantage of viral pandemics to cause fungal epidemics in people.

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Early in 2021, Prof Jan Quinn opened the BMS Talks with a presentation showing that fungi are all around us and are highly adaptable and resilient. Fungi are masters of taking advantage of changing environmental conditions to discover new ways and places to grow. In this talk, I will delve further into this concept by showcasing two examples of fungi that took advantage of viral pandemics to cause fungal epidemics in people.

About Liz Ballou

Dr Liz Ballou is a fungal geneticist and cell biologist, specialising in fungal pathogens. She is a group leader and Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Exeter, where her team investigates the ability of fungi to take advantage of the human host environment.

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