Duke University Medical Center
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Heitman Lab Members

Virginia Lehman
Undergraduate Student

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

Phone: (919) 684-2809
Fax: (816) 684-5458

Virginia Lehman

I am an undergraduate in the Pratt School of Engineering, class of 2015. I am a pre-medical student pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering with a double minor in chemistry and spanish. I am currently working under Dr. Joseph Ying-Lien Chen on a variety of projects involving Cryptococcus and Candida species. One of the projects we are working on is based around C. gattii, an emerging fungal pathogen in the Northwestern United States. In addition to work with C. gattii, I am also working on gene disruption to investigate if calcineurin controls virulence via thermotolerance as well as identifying the downstream targets of calcineurin in C. galabrata. Finally, I am performing minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) assays to look at in vitro synergistic antifungal activity of different drugs against fungal growth.


Chen, Y.C., Lehman, Virginia N., Averette, A.F., Perfect, J.R., Heitman, R. 2013. Posaconazole Exhibits In Vito and In Vivo Synergistic Antifungal Activity with Caspofungin or FK506 against Candida albicans. PLoS One. 8(3):e57672. 

Chen, Y.C., Lehman, Virginia N., Lewit, Y. Averette, A. F., Heitman, J. 2013. Calcineurin Governs Thermotolerance and Virulence of Cryptococcus gattii. G3. 3:527-539. 





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