Malcolm Richardson is the Director of the Mycology Reference Centre Manchester, UK, which is an integral part of the UK National Aspergillosis Centre, based at the University Hospital of South Manchester; and an honorary Professor of Medical Mycology at the University of Manchester. His clinical and laboratory investigations over the past 43 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 role of moulds in “sick building syndrome”. In recognition of this he has recently been elected as President of the UK Institute of Specialist Surveys and Engineers. Professional duties have included being Editor-in-Chief of Critical Reviews in Microbiology (2008-2014), and the General Secretary of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) (2003-2009). Malcolm Richardson is an enthusiastic teacher and is closely involved with the University of Manchester taught Masters in Medical Mycology. He is a co-author of Fungal infection: Diagnosis and Management, 4th Edition (2012).
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
Wieland Meyer is the Head of the Molecular Mycology Research Laboratory and Professor for Molecular Medical Mycology at the Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Marie Bashir Institute for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, Sydney Medical School – Westmead Hospital, The University of Sydney, and the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, Sydney Australia. He is also Guest Professor at Fontação Oswaldo Cruz in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research focuses on the evolution, phylogeny, speciation, population genetics, molecular epidemiology and typing, of human pathogenic fungi (especially of the genera Candida, Cryptococcus, Scedosporium and Pneumocystis), the development of fast, simple and reliable molecular identification techniques for human/animal fungal pathogens, and the understanding of fungal pathogenesis on a molecular level. He is the curator of the Australian National Medical Mycology Culture Collection at WMI. He is the main curator of the Fungal Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) webpage (mlst.mycologylab.org) and the ISHAM–ITS sequence database (its.mycologylab.org). In addition to ISHAM he is also a member of the executive committee of the International Mycological Association (IMA) actively promotion mycology in all its aspects. He is currently associate editor of the journals: Personia-Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi, Australasian Mycologist, Microbiology Australia, IMA Fungus, Japanese Medical Mycology Journal, DNA barcoding, and Mycological Progress.
Professor Dr. rer. nat. Wieland Meyer
Molecular Mycology Research Laboratory, CIDM, MBI,
Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research,
Level 4, Room 0.4.04,
176 Hawskesbury Road
Westmead, NSW, 2145, Australia
Donna MacCallum BSc, PhD,
Donna MacCallum is a Senior Lecturer (Microbiology) and Lead for Postgraduate Teaching in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition and a Principal Investigator in the Aberdeen Fungal Group, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. She is a past treasurer of the British Society for Medical Mycology (BSMM) (2004-2012) and serves as an associate editor of the ISHAM journal Medical Mycology. Her current research interests are host-fungus interactions, modelling fungal disease, the 3Rs in fungal research and antifungal therapy & resistance.
Dr Donna MacCallum
Aberdeen Fungal Group
MRC Centre for Medical Mycology
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Institute of Medical Sciences
Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD, UK
Tel: +44 1224 437425
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
Ruth Ashbee BSc, PhD
Ruth Ashbee is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK, and worked for 17 years as Principal Clinical Scientist in the Mycology Reference Centre, Leeds, UK. During that time she was involved the diagnosis and management of fungal infections in a wide range of patients. She set up and ran the therapeutic drug monitoring service for azole antifungals. As a result she was on the British Society for Medical Mycology (BSMM) working party on therapeutic drug monitoring and lead author of their national TDM guidelines. Her other interests include diagnosis of fungal infections, pharmacogenomics of antifungals, infections in haematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients, Malassezia, and teaching and training in mycology. She is also Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.
Her professional roles have included serving as General Secretary of the British Society for Medical Mycology (BSMM; 2002-2005), Editor for Medical Mycology (2009-2015) and Vice President of ISHAM (2012-2018). She is currently a Committee member for the BSMM, and since 1998 has been the Director of the biennial BSMM course in diagnostic medical mycology.
She has over 20 years of experience teaching and training in mycology and has run mycology courses both in the UK and internationally. She was involved in setting up and delivering the BSMM MSc in Medical Mycology run jointly with University College London. Her enthusiasm for teaching and training led her to leave the National Health Service in 2014 and set up her own business as an independent mycologist providing training and teaching to industry, the NHS, and academia.
Dr HR Ashbee
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Leeds
Tel: +44 7532 307357
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
Jacques F. 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
Ryoji Tsuboi is the head of the dermatology department at Tokyo Medical University. He is also the Secretary General of the Japanese Society for Medical Mycology (JSMM) and a council member of the Asia Pacific Society for Medical Mycology (APSMM). His clinical and laboratory interests include the molecular diagnosis of dermatophytes, non-dermatophytes and Malassezia species, the management of superficial mycoses, virulence factors in various microorganisms, and host immune responses. As a Vice President, he hopes to help promote the study of superficial mycoses and the efforts of Asian fungal researchers.
Prof. Ryoji Tsuboi
Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology
Tokyo Medical University
6-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
Tel: +81 3-3340-1855
Marcus Teixeira PhD
Marcus Teixeira is a postdoc of Dr Bridget Barker at the Translational Research Institute (TGen North), Northern Arizona Center For Valley Fever Research and associated research at the Northern Arizona University, The Pathogen & Microbiome Institute (PMI), Flagstaff, USA. His research interest’s focuses are speciation, reproductive modes, population genetics and genome evolution of neglected and medically important fungi of Onygenales (Paracoccidioides, Histoplasma and Coccidioides), Chaetothyriales (Fonsecaea andCladophialophora) and Ophiostomatales (Sporothrix) orders. In 2012 he was included in the coordination of the ISHAM working group on Paracoccidioidomycosis.
Dr Marcus Teizera
Translational Genomics Research Institute - TGen North
Northern Arizona Center For Valley Fever Research
3051 West Shamrell Boulevard, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Tel: +1 928 226 6385
Neil Gow is professor at the University of Aberdeen. He has specialist research interests in medical mycology and in particular the biology of the fungal cell wall and the host-fungus interaction. In recent years he has focused mainly on the genetics of glycosylation and the fungus-host interaction, chitin synthesis and the virulence properties of medically important fungal species. He is a founding member of the Aberdeen Fungal Group (AFG) in the UK, which is one of the largest centres of excellence for medical mycology worldwide and is the Director of a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award which coordinates research and training activity in the field of medical mycology and fungal immunology across the UK and in developing countries and is co-Director of the recently established MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at Aberdeen. He is also funded via a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award and Collaborative Award and the MRC.
Professor Neil A.R Gow,
CLSM Director of Research,
College of Life Sciences and Medicine,
Institute of Medical Sciences, Foresterhill,
University of Aberdeen,
Aberdeen AB252ZD, UK
Tel: +44 1224 437483
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