My laboratory is interested in understanding the biology of the human pathogen Candida albicans. C. albicans is a yeast that grows in the human gastrointestinal tract and is usually harmless to humans. However, in some cases, Candida can cause localized infections in healthy individuals and even life-threatening systemic (bloodstream) infections in immunocompromised individuals. The focus of the laboratory is to understand how Candida acts as a pathogen in humans.
Dr. Bennett is an Assistant Professor in the department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology. His research interests are the biology of the fungal pathogen, Candida albicans, and in particular it's mechanism of sexual reproduction. Studies in the lab have focused on the lack of a true meiosis in this species, as well as its ability to undergo a novel form of self-mating. A long term goal of the laboratory is to develop the sexual cycle to facilitate genetics in this organism. Dr. Bennett was an undergraduate at Cambridge University, and did his PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in the UK. He did postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and at the University of California, San Francisco, prior to starting his own laboratory at Brown.
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