Experimental Models

Fungal Biology

Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Image courtesy of Dr. Paul Cullen.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Image courtesy of Dr. Paul Cullen.

Focus on fungi to understand cellular processes

Faculty explore how filamentous fungi and budding yeasts assess nutrient availability and respond appropriately by adjusting gene expression, budding patterns, cell morphology, and cell wall structure. Some of these studies involve opportunistic fungal pathogens. Our faculty also use yeast as a model organism to investigate the molecular basis of gene expression, including transcription, RNA processing and translation.

The Fungal Biology faculty includes Drs. Cullen, Free, Rusche, Walker, Wang, and Yu.