Genetics and Biochemistry

Congratulations to New Faculty Member on Publication

Dr. Lukasz Kozubowski, a new assistant professor, is lead author on an mBio paper, "Ordered Kinetochore Assembly in the Human-Pathogenic Basidiomycetous Yeast Cryptococcus neoformans", which explores the kinetochore dynamics in the pathogenic fungi C. neoformans. In this work, Dr. Kozubowski, reports that surprisingly, kinetochore behavior in the fungi is more similar to that found in metazoans and less like that found in yeasts, which has implications in the evolution of mitosis. The pathogen that is the focus of the Kozubowski group, C. neoformans, is responsible for a potentially fatal fungal disease acquired by inhalation of infectious material from the environment.