Volunteer: Lorena Donzella
Lorena Donzella is an Early Stage Researcher in the ITN YEASTDOC and a PhD student in Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Minho in Portugal and at the University College Cork in Ireland. The aim of her project is to improve the performance of yeast cell factory strains by focusing on the uptake and utilisation of sugars from inexpensive commercial substrates, such as lignocellulosic biomass. She has always been intrigued by the huge potential of yeasts which provide a range of valuable products and she believes that industrial biotechnology is the key to obtain new interesting yeast strains with sustainable applications.
FEMS Yeast Research is proud to present this latest thematic issue on yeast pathogenesis and drug resistance. In the past few decades, genetics and genomics studies have uncovered traits underlying the pathogenicity and drug resistances of pathogenic yeast. However, we still have a lot to uncover about the complex mechanisms used by different species to thrive in the human host, and much to do to convert this knowledge into improved clinical treatments. This thematic issue highlights the importance of the diversity of genome-scale approaches to unravel the intricate nature of pathogenesis and drug resistance in pathogenic yeasts, bringing together a diverse range of fascinating views on antifungal drug resistance.