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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Carol Kumamoto

Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology
Carol Kumamoto

Carol Kumamoto

Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology

Office phone: 617-636-0404
Lab phone: 617-636-6803
Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 429
Laboratory: 
Jaharis 425
Education: 
AB, Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, Molecular Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Training, Harvard Medical School; Stanford University
Research synopsis: 

Candida albicans, an opportunistic fungal pathogen, causes diseases ranging from mild, superficial infection to life-threatening disseminated disease. Immunocompromised patients such as cancer patients and transplant recipients are at risk for disseminated candidiasis, a disease that is difficult to diagnose and is associated with high mortality. Growth of C. albicans in filamentous forms is associated with tissue invasion and is important for pathogenicity. Our research is directed towards understanding the environmental cues that stimulate filamentous growth and the genes involved in filamentous and invasive growth. We also investigate host-Candida interactions during intestinal colonization.

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