Nationality French
Year of selection2010
InstitutionThe Rockefeller University
CountryUnited States
RiskLife risks

Type of support

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Granted amount

90 000 €


1.5 years

A Genetic Origin of Candida Infection in Healthy Patients?

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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