Faculty

The Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) faculty members are unified by their research interests in fungi, and the participating institutions — Duke University, North Carolina State University (NCSU), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) — offer arguably the highest concentration of researchers who study fungi. Faculty are selected to cover a range of areas of fungal research, and they comprise a rich community that shares resources, interacts regularly, and collaborates frequently.

There are currently 42 training faculty who may serve as mentors. For convenient identification of their broad area(s) of mycological expertise, each program faculty member is listed with one or more of the following categorical terms:

  • Medical Mycology and Plant Pathogenic Fungi refer to investigators who focus on fungi that are pathogenic for humans or plants, respectively. Their studies include mechanisms of pathogenesis, host defenses, and targets for improved diagnosis or intervention
  • Fungi as Model Systems applies to research in which fungi are exploited to investigate the genetics and cellular and molecular biology of tractable eukaryotes, including the mechanisms and regulation of various processes (e.g., transcription, signal transduction pathways, reproduction, DNA repair, biosynthesis, morphology, and similar studies).
  • Genomics, Evolution and Phylogenetics includes projects that may involve species or strains of pathogenic and/or non-pathogenic fungi and involve studies of population genetics, comparative genomics, evolution, and phylogenetics.
  • Immunology and Host-Pathogen Interface includes investigators and research programs focusing on how adaptive and innate immune pathways control responses to pathogenic fungi as well as investigators employing novel host-derived cells and heterologous hosts to analyze the host-pathogen interface.

Faculty members engaged in major projects that involve more than one category are listed more than once.

Medical Mycology

Barbara Alexander, MD
Duke University Medical Center, Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

J. Andrew Alspaugh, MD,Co-Director, Fellows
Duke University Medical Center, Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Richard Brennan, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Biochemistry

Nicolas Buchler, PhD
North Carolina State University, Molecular Biomedical Sciences

Fred S. Dietrich, PhD 
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Vance Fowler, MD, MHS
Duke University Medical Center, Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Katherine Franz, PhD
Duke University, Chemistry

William E. Goldman, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Microbiology & Immunology

Steven Haase, PhD
Duke University, Biology

Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, Director  
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology; Pharmacology & Cancer Biology

Dennis Ko, MD, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Thuy Le, MD, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Paul Magwene, PhD
Duke University, Biology; Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Daniel Matute, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Biology

Susanna Naggie, MD
Duke University Medical Center, Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

John R. Perfect, MD
Duke University Medical Center, Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Mari Shinohara, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Immunology

William J. Steinbach, MD, Co-Director, Admissions
Duke University Medical Center, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases); Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

David Tobin, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Kenichi Yokoyama, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Biochemistry

Plant Pathogenic Fungi

Ignazio Carbone, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Marc A. Cubeta, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Ralph Dean, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Francois Lutzoni, PhD
Duke University, Biology

Jean Beagle Ristaino, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Fungi as Model Systems

Kerry Bloom, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Biology

Nicolas Buchler, PhD
North Carolina State University, Molecular Biomedical Sciences

Nathan Crook, PhD
North Carolina State University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Amy Gladfelter, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Biology

Steven Haase, PhD
Duke University, Biology

Caiti Smukowski Heil, PhD
North Carolina State University, Biological Sciences

Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, Director
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology; Pharmacology & Cancer Biology

Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD 
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Caroline Laplante, PhD
North Carolina State University, Molecular Biomedical Sciences

Paul Magwene, PhD
Duke University, Biology

John H. McCusker, PhD 
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Thomas D. Petes, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Rytas Vilgalys, PhD
Duke University, Biology; Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Kinichi (Ken) Yokoyama, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Biochemistry

Genomics, Evolution & Phylogenetics

Nicolas Buchler, PhD
North Carolina State University, Biology

Ignazio Carbone, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Marc A. Cubeta, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Ralph Dean, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Fred S. Dietrich, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Rob Dunn, PhD
North Carolina State University, Applied Ecology

Francois Lutzoni, PhD
Duke University, Biology

Paul Magwene, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Biology; Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

John McCusker, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Jean Beagle Ristaino, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Rytas Vilgalys, PhD
Duke University, Biology

Immunology and Host-Pathogen Interface

Oliver Baars, PhD
North Carolina State University, Plant Pathology

Maria Ciofani, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Immunology

Claudia Gunsch, PhD
Duke University, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dennis Ko, MD, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Amanda MacLeod, MD
Duke University Medical Center, Dermatology; Immunology

Edward Miao, MD, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Immunology

Mari Shinohara, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Immunology; Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

David Tobin, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology