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Dr Rebecca Hall
Programme Lead for MSc Biomedicine,
SoCoBio Deputy Lead
Rebecca joined the University of Kent in April 2020 as a lecturer in Microbial Adaptation. Rebecca is an alumnus of the University of Kent having completed her PhD under the supervision of Dr Peter Klappa and Professor Fritz Muhlschlegel in 2007, which investigated how the nematode C. elegans adapts to environmental pH. Rebecca then remained at the University for a postdoctoral position, focusing on how the fungal pathogen Candida albicans adapts to carbon dioxide, a key environmental signal that triggers fungal pathogenesis.
Rebecca then moved to the University of Aberdeen, to work with Professor Neil Gow on fungal cell wall biosynthesis and innate immunity to fungal infections, before joining the University of Birmingham in 2014 as an independent research fellow funded by a Medical Research Council Career Development Award.
Rebecca’s team now forms part of the Kent Fungal Group (KFG) and is focused on understanding how pathogenic fungi (Candida, Cryptococcus and Rhizopus) adapt to life within the human host and how, in turn, this adaptation affects the host-pathogen interaction.
The Hall lab is interested in understanding the biology and pathogenicity of fungi. Our research largely focuses on the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans, which causes a range of infections from superficial mucosal infections (i.e. thrush) to life-threatening systemic disease (i.e. candidiasis). We also work on with Mucoromycetes that are filamentous fungi responsible for food spoilage and the life-threatening infection mucormycosis.
The group is interested in understanding the following:
Previous work from the group includes:
If you are interested in doing a PhD in fungal biology please contact Rebecca (email@example.com) to discuss projects and opportunities.