Arunaloke Chakrabarti MD, Dip NB, FAMS, FNASc, FIDSA
Arunaloke Chakrabarti is Professor and Head of Department of Medical Microbiology at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He is also the Head of National Mycology Reference Laboratory of India. His laboratory has been upgraded as the ‘Centre of Advanced Research in Medical Mycology’ and is the only ‘WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Fungi of Medical Importance’. He also leads the ‘National Culture Collection of Pathogenic Fungi’. He is the Chair of ‘Fungal Infection Study Forum’ of his country and ‘Asian Fungal Working Group’. He is coordinator of two ISHAM working groups – ‘Fungal Rhinosinusitis’ and ‘ABPA in asthma’. He has contributed in providing domain knowledge and technical support to improve the standard of diagnostic mycology in India. His major area of interest in the field of fungal rhinosinusitis, mucormycosis, nosocomial fungal infections and allergic lung infections. He serves as the Editor/Associate Editor/Deputy Editor of the journals: Medical Mycology, Medical Mycology Case Report, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Mycoses, and Current Fungal Infection Reports.
Dr. Arunaloke Chakrabarti
Professor and In-Charge
Center of Advance Research in Medical Mycology,
WHO Collaborating Center for Reference & Research of Fungi of Medical Importance
National Culture Collection of Pathogenic Fungi
Head, Department of Medical Microbiology
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research
Chandigarh 160012, India
Tel: +91 172 2755173/2755155/2747990
Jacques Meis MD PhD, FRCPath, FIDSA, FECMM, FAAM
Jacques F. Meis is consultant in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital and co-director of the Centre of Expertise in Mycology Radboudumc/CWZ, both in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He received a PhD degree from the University of Nijmegen and his medical degree from Radboudumc followed by a specialist training fellowship at the Department of Medical Microbiology at Radboudumc, where he worked until 2000 as an associate professor. Among his mycology interests are treatment of fungal infections in intensive care patients and other compromised patients, resistance of filamentous fungi and molecular typing of fungi. Several articles on these and many other topics have been published in medical journals. He is past-president of the Dutch Society for Medical Mycology (1997-2011) and the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (2006-2012) and an elected fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Royal College of Pathologists, European Confederation of Medical Mycology and American Academy of Microbiology.
Jacques F. Meis
Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Centre of Expertise in Mycology Radboudumc/CWZ
Weg door Jonkerbos 100
6500GS Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Oliver Cornely MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAAM, FECMM
Oliver Cornely is Director & Chair Translational Research at the CECAD Institute of the University of Cologne, and Scientific Director of the Center for Clinical Trials. Clinically, he serves as Infectious Diseases Consultant at the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany.
He is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, haematology, oncology, and emergency medicine, and holds degrees in medical mycology and travel medicine.
Originating from an HIV/AIDS clinical research group, Dr Cornely's research interest centres on infections in immunocompromised hosts, including invasive fungal diseases, antimicrobial resistance and Clostridium difficile infection.
Oliver Cornely is immediate-past President of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM), the roof organization of 25 national mycology societies, and set up ECMM Guideline Program, ECMM Academy (Fellows program), and ECMM Excellence Center Initiative, designating clinical and microbiological excellence centres after an international audit procedure. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the US Mycoses Study Group Education & Research Consortium (MSGERC), is founder and chair of the Infectious Diseases Scientific Working Group of the European Hematology Association (EHA), and was recently elected as the Treasurer of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM).
Oliver Cornely coordinates guidelines on invasive fungal infections and currently collaborates with mycologists from more than 50 countries on tailoring management guidelines to health care settings throughout the world.
He has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters, and electronic media. He is a reviewer for numerous medical scientific journals, editorial board member for Haematologica, and Infectious Disease, and Editor-in-Chief of Mycoses.
Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), University of Cologne
Department I for Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, & Center for Clinical Trials, University Hospital of Cologne
Kerpener Strasse 62
Tel: +49 221 478 85523
John Perfect is the James B.Duke Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Infection Diseases and Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology in the Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine. His research interests focus on antifungal agents and the molecular pathogenesis of Cryptococcus neoformans.
Tel: + 1 (919) 684-4016
Shivaprakash Rudramurthy MD, MNAMS, MNASc
Shivaprakash M Rudramurthy is Professor of Mycology Division of Department of Medical Microbiology at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. His centre is ‘National Reference Laboratory’, ‘Centre of Advanced Research in Medical Mycology’, ‘WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Fungi of Medical Importance’ and also maintains ‘National Culture Collection of Pathogenic Fungi’. He is clinical mycologist working exclusively in the area of medical Mycology for the last more than 16 years. His research focus is on the Aspergillosis, dermatophytosis, mucormycosis and blood stream infections; especially on the epidemiology, diagnosis, antifungal resistance and management. He also have specialized interest on the molecular diagnosis and typing of the fungi. After serving as Treasurer and General Secretary, he is presently nominated as the President of the ‘Society of Indian Human and Animal Mycology (SIHAM)’. He has also the Vice-President of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM), and Core member of ‘Fungal Infection Study Forum (FISF)’ He has published over 170 articles in the peer reviewed journal and have 6 book chapters. He is a reviewer for numerous journals publishing articles on fungal infections.
(WHO Collaborating Center Center of Advanced Research in Medical Mycology),
Department of Medical Microbiology,
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,
Chandigarh, India - 160012
Yee Chun Chen is one of the nation's leaders in medical mycology and infection control in Taiwan. Her research focus includes clinical and molecular epidemiology of invasive fungal diseases (including Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus, etc.), surveillance of healthcare-associated infection and medical informatics, the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for invasive fungal infections (including Candida, Cryptococcus and Aspergillus), and pathogenesis of Candida infection. She initiates and chairs the Asia Fungal Working Group of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology. She is PI or co-PI of a series multicenter, clinical and molecular epidemiological studies of fungal infections in Asia as well in Taiwan. She has authored or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles such as Clinical Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infection Diseases, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, J Med Internet Res, PLoS One, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Medical Mycology, Mycoses, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Journal of Hospital Infection, American Journal Of Infection Control, Journal of Microbiology, Infection and Immunology, and Journal of the Formosan Medical Association.
Professor Dr. Yee-Chun Chen,
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taiwan
No. 7, Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei, Taiwan 100
Tel: (886) 2 2312 3456 Ext 65908, 65054
Beatriz Gomez PhD
Dr Gómez is Professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, where she leads the Translational Microbiology and Emerging Diseases Research Group (MICROS). She has a PhD in Medical Mycology from King’s College, University of London, where she continued research as a postdoctoral fellow. She then joined the University College London and the Aberdeen Fungal Group with a career development fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. Dr Gómez also worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, as Chief of the Diagnostic Development Unit. Her interest and research focus on the diagnosis and characterization of human pathogenic fungi, and much of her work has been on histoplasmosis, paracoccidioidomycosis and other mycoses caused by pathogenic dimorphic fungi and on opportunistic fungal infections. She has led and participated in multi-center studies that aim to develop and validate methods (immunological and molecular) to better diagnose fungal diseases and especially those affecting the immunocompromised host.
Beatriz L. Gómez
Professor, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Translational Microbiology and Emerging Diseases Group (MICROS)
Universidad del Rosario
Cra. 26 Nº 63B-48
Bogota, 111221, Colombia, South America
Tel: +57 (1) 297 0200 ext 3517
Sara Gago PhD
Sara Gago is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, group she joined in 2015. She did her PhD in the Medical Mycology Reference Laboratory in Spain and she was also a student visitor at the California Institute for Medical Research and Stanford University. Although initially trained in the epidemiology of fungal infections and the development of molecular tools for the early diagnosis of severe fungal infections, her longstanding interest about the pathophysiology of fungal disease moved her to join the Manchester Fungal Infection Group to study genetic susceptibility factors of the host leading to chronic colonization of the upper airways in fungal disease. She has published over twenty research articles, reviews and book chapters on these and other topics in medical journals. She has presented more than fourty abstracts at national and international talks and, she has been an invited speaker in several of them. Sara Gago is involved in different Microbiology MsC and undergraduate programs in Spain and Manchester and she is a Unit Lead for the MRes of Infection Biology in Manchester. She has also participated in several public engagement science initiatives. She joined YISHAM in 2015 and has been a Local YISHAM ambassador since 2017. Her vision for Young ISHAM is as a platform of education for young medical mycology scientists, as well as one to expand their professional network. She believes that YISHAM is not only a way of networking with young and senior researchers, but that it can provide the possibility of getting information, advice, and guidance from those with more experience and deeper insight into the field and career paths in medical mycology.
Dr Sara Gago
46 Grafton Street
Core Technology Facility
Malcolm Richardson is the Director of the Mycology Reference Centre Manchester, European Confederation of Medical Mycology Centre of Excellence, UK, which is an integral part of the UK National Aspergillosis Centre, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust; and an honorary Professor of Medical Mycology at the University of Manchester. His clinical and laboratory investigations over the past 44 years have focused on the pathogenicity, diagnosis and epidemiology of superficial and systemic fungal infections. More recently he has applied his diagnostic interests to investigating the mycobiome of indoor environments. Professional duties have included being Editor-in-Chief of Critical Reviews in Microbiology (2008-2014), Vice President of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) (1991-1994), General Secretary of ISHAM (2003-2009), President-Elect of ISHAM (2012-2015) and ISHAM President (2015-2018). Malcolm Richardson was recently elected as a Fellow of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology Academy. He is an advisor for the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI) and the LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education) Worlwide Programme. Malcolm Richardson is an enthusiastic teacher and is closely involved with the University of Manchester undergraduate and postgraduate educational programmes.
Professor Malcolm Richardson
Director and Consultant Clinical Mycologist - Mycology Reference Centre Manchester
Professor of Medical Mycology – University of Manchester
Mycology Reference Centre Manchester
Education and Research Centre
University Hospital of South Manchester (Wythenshawe Hospital)
Manchester M23 9LT, UK
Karl V. Clemons Ph.D
Karl V. Clemons, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate, Director of the Animal Facility, and the Institutional Biosafety Officer at the California Institute for Medical Research, and a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at Stanford University. His primary areas of research interest include the development of animal models of fungal infection, pathogenesis, host-resistance mechanisms, and in vivo preclinical drug trials, molecular epidemiology, fungal endocrinology, fungal vaccines, transcriptomics, and proteomics of a variety of fungi, and polymicrobial biofilm production by Aspergillus. He was the Chair of Division F (Medical Mycology) in 2002 for the American Society for Microbiology. He has served on the Editorial Board of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy since 2002. He has been an editor for 7 journal supplements arising from different international meetings, including ISHAM, Coccidioidomycosis, and Aspergillosis. He was appointed as an Associate Editor for Medical Mycology in 2008, and served as the Executive Editor of Medical Mycology from 2013. He was appointed Editor in Chief of Medical Mycology in 2015.
Dr. Karl V Clemons
California Institute for Medical Research
2260 Clove Dr.
San Jose, CA 95128, USA
Tel: +1 408 998-4557
Oliver Kurzai MD
Oliver Kurzai is an MD specialized in microbiology, virology and epidemiology of infection. He is Chair of Medical Microbiology & Mycology at the Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg, head of the German National Reference Center for Invasive Fungal Infections (NRZMyk) and head of the Fungal Septomics research group at the Leibniz-Institute for Natural Products Research and Infection Biology (Hans-Knöll-Institute), in Jena, Germany. His major research fields are infection-biology and innate immune recognition of pathogenic fungi. He serves as elected Secretary of the German speaking Mycological Society of Mycology and in 2012 was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Medical Mycology Case Reports.
Prof. Dr. Oliver Kurzai
Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology
University of Wuerzburg
Josef-Schneider-Str. 2 / E1
D-97080 Wuerzburg, Germany
Tel: +49(0)931 31 88007