Volunteer: Vanessa Alves
I hold a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science and a Master’s in Fungal Biology (Federal University of Pernambuco-UFPE, Brazil). Currently, I am a PhD student at Oswaldo Cruz Institute, RJ, Brazil. My research interests are focused on the interaction of the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans with host cells. I am investigating the participation of unconventional mechanisms of secretion on the dissemination of cryptococcosis. I am also specially interested in the development of novel antifungal therapies. Since October 2017, I have joined the MAY/HAPI Lab as a visiting research student. I am a coffee and beer lover!
FEMS Microbes is excited to present its latest thematic issue, focusing on bacterial-viral co-infections. Host and microbial factors are critically important for influencing the severity and outcome of infection. Interactions between microbes is an understudied yet important aspect to this process.