Emmanuel Nnadi

Heitman – Lab Members

Emmanuel NnadiVisiting Graduate Student
315 CARL Building
Box 3546, DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-684-2809
Fax: 919-684-2790

Research Interest:

I am from Nigeria. My research interest in mycology came to life from my MSc when I undertook to study Vulvovaginal Candida albicans species. In that study, I looked at the ERG11 mutation that was responsible for fluconazole resistance. After my MSc it was obvious that I wanted to further my career in mycology.  What aspect of mycology should be my interest? Cryptococcus. With the high burden of immunocompromised patients in Nigeria, little or nothing exists about the biology of this fungus. Then I set out to study it during my Graduate Studies. We isolated 3 Cryptococcus neoformans  grubii var. A isolates from pigeon guanos, these isolates belongs to the rare molecular type VNII. Further need to study the sexual cycle of this molecular type brought me to Dr. Joseph Heitman’s laboratory. While in the lab, I hope to study the sexual cycle of the VNII and also to use bulk segregant analysis to map phenotypic variations in the F1 progeny of the progenies from VNII crosses.