Jeanette Wagener

I obtained my PhD from the University of Tuebingen in Germany investigating the innate immune response of epithelial cells to the human pathogenic fungus Candida albicans. During this time, next to establishing a diagnostic PCR for the detection of skin fungi such as atlethe's foot, I developed a 3D skin model to study the interaction between immune cells and epithelial cells during superficial fungal infections. My interest in medical mycology and infection immunology led me take up a post-doc position at the Aberdeen Fungal Group, now part of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, where I spent six years investigating different aspects of Candia albicans-host interactions. After a short period in Cambridge working with induced pluripotent stem cells, I quickly found my way back to infection immunity as member of the Treeck lab. My research here focusses on the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii and its ability to modulate various host cell functions through an armada of secreted proteins.