Year of selection 2010
Institution The Rockefeller University
Country United States
Patients with immune deficiencies are often afflicted by persistent infections of the skin, mucous membranes and nails with a yeast, Candida. Otherwise healthy people can also be affected, though, and the tendency seems to run in families. The suspected culprit is a genetic defect and Dr. Sophie Cypowyj intends to identify it. Revealing a genetic origin for Candida susceptibility could not only improve treatments, but lead to a better understanding of the immune response to many fungal infections.
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