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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:01

Mycology Loquacity: Carol Kumamoto Gets Candid about Candida

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Carol Kumamoto

Carol Kumamoto is a professor of microbiology at Tufts University. She studies Candida albicans, the most common fungal pathogen of humans.  

C. albicans is a normal commensal of the human body, and it typically does not cause any harm to people, but rather lives happily among the other microbes e.g. within the intestine. However when the host becomes immunocompromised, C. albicans will invade tissues and cause a life-threatening infection.  

Dr. Kumamoto talks about how C. albicans’ interactions with the other microbes within the body influences its virulence, the difficulty of developing antifungals that don’t harm people, how antivirulence strategies may identify new antifungals, and how she can’t imagine doing anything else besides being a scientist.   

The MicroCase for listeners to solve is about Don Risiko, the bat-loving host of the cable TV show “Demons Within Us” who becomes sick after spelunking.


  • Karl Klose, Ph.D. (UTSA)
  • Carol Kumamoto, Ph.D. (Tufts University)
  • Jose Lopez-Ribot, Ph.D., Pharm.D. (UTSA)
  • Jesus Romo (UTSA)

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Last modified on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:24
Karl Klose

Karl Klose, Ph.D. is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Texas San Antonio, the Director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID), and host of microTalk. He oversees the research on infectious diseases that is carried out in his laboratory by undergraduate, Masters’, and Ph.D. students, as well as research staff. He also teaches microbiology to undergraduate and graduate students.

Karl is enthusiastic about enlightening people to the fascinating world of microbes.  He has given two TED talks on antibiotic resistance. He has been a visiting professor in Kolkata India and Valparaiso Chile.  He has spent the past two years visiting ASM branch meetings through the Distinguished Lecturer program.  You can find Karl on Twitter and you can find STCEID on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.