Sorry for the lack of posts as of late, I’ve been a little swamped lately with writing and researching; unfortunately this blog has to suffer sometimes.
I don’t have time to write a complete post right now – maybe soon in the future – but I’ve been closely following the cases of fungal meningitis derived from contaminated injections of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate. Looks like the main culprit is Exserohilum rostratum, although one person has been infected with a species of Aspergillus. Both of these fungi are extremely common in soils and are plant pathogens.
Here’s some links from the CDC on the current infections:
I'm a biologist with broad interests, focused mainly on fungal and plant genomics and understanding how these two diverse groups of organisms interact with each other.
I am mainly interested in the mycorrhizal fungal symbiosis, the meta-taxonomic and metagenomic assessment of plant-associated environments, and the dissection of interactions of fungus and plant: from cell-to-cell contact to the modification of gene expression resulting from these communications.
I typically use laboratory techniques and field studies addressing more specific questions using controlled experiments. I have increasingly turned to bioinformatic techniques to handle the analysis of genomic data so I spend a lot of time in front of a computer.
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