Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of British Columbia
B.Sc. Tehran Azad University- Microbiology (2002)
M.Sc. University of British Columbia- Experimental Medicine (2009)
The competition between host and pathogen for iron is a critical determinant of the progression of many infectious diseases. Iron is an essential cofactor maintained at extremely low levels in mammalian host fluids. Cryptococcus neoformans is an intracellular pathogen residing within macrophages. My research goal is to elucidate the mechanisms by which C. neoformans captures iron from phagocytes during the host-pathogen interaction. Due to the fact that iron is essential for C. neoformans growth and pathogenesis, identification of the iron sources that are used by this pathogen within the host during infection may allow the design of novel drugs to treat infections by this fungus.