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“Morphogenesis and host adaption in the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans” AND “An unexpected origin of cellulases in Trichoderma”

At the invitation of Prof. Ling Lu, key laboratory of microbiology and functional genomics, School of Life Sciences, Jiangsu Province. Dr. Youbao Zhao from the University of Georgia, gave an academic report entitled "Morphogenesis and host adaption in the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans" at School of Life Sciences on Jan 8, 2020.

Dr. Youbao Zhao received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and received a number of graduate awards. During this period, he was mainly engaged in the research of microbial synthetic biology; subsequently, he was engaged in pathogenic microbiology and genetics at Texas Agricultural University and the University of Georgia, published a series of professional high-level papers.

In the report, Dr. Youbao Zhao introduced the new findings of their group in the morphology of Cryptococcus, and important contribution to the exploration of the virulence mechanism of Cryptococcus. After the report, the teachers and students had a heated discussion with Dr. Youbao Zhao on the issues of interest.

  Afterwards, Prof. Irina S. Druzhinina from Fungal Genomics, Department of Plant Nutrition, College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, gave an academic report entitled "An unexpected origin of cellulases in Trichoderma".

  Prof. Irina S. Druzhinina holds concurrent academic positions such as the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Editor of Applied Environmental Microbiology; she was the chief scientist of the Austrian Industrial Biotechnology Center and a professor at the Vienna University of Technology, and published a series of high-level professional papers.

  Through Prof. Irina S. Druzhinina's detailed introduction to Trichoderma, we have a preliminary understanding of the origin and current research status of lignocellulase. Prof. Irina S. Druzhinina's report was meticulous and vivid. Everyone had a lively discussion and exchange with Prof. Irina S. Druzhinina on the issues they were interested in. Finally, the academic report came to an end in the warm applause of teachers and students.