Duke University Medical Center
Faculty and Research

Heitman Lab Members

Keisha Findley
Graduate Student

315 CARL Building
Box 3546 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919.684.2809
Fax: 919.684.5458
Email: kmf13@duke.edu

Keisha Findley

I was a graduate student in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. I graduated in 2004 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where I received a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I joined graduate school in August 2004 and rotated in three very diverse labs. In June 2004, I became a member of the Heitman laboratory. My thesis project focused on understanding the evolution of the mating-type locus in C. neoformans and other closely related species. Cryptococcus is a member of the basidiomycete phylum. A common feature of basidiomycetes is that they have a tetrapolar mating-type system (mating is regulated via two unlinked loci) whereas Cryptococcus has evolved a bipolar system (a single mating-type locus). I worked to elucidate the mechanism of the evolution of the MAT locus by cloning and analyzing the locus in distant and closely related members of the Tremellales, to which Cryptococcus belongs.  

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