Antonio Di Pietro, Ph.D. is Professor at the Department of Genetics at University of Cordoba, Spain. He earned his Ph.D. at University of Basel, Switzerland and was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University. His research addresses the genetic bases and evolution of pathogenicity in fungi. As a model his laboratory uses Fusarium oxysporum, a fungal pathogen that provokes devastating losses in a wide range of crops and can cause life-threatening systemic infections in immunocompromised humans. His group has pioneered the use of cross-kingdom virulence models to study fungal infection on plant and animal hosts. Current interests include molecular signaling mechanisms in fungus-plant interactions and the role of genome plasticity in pathogen adaptation.