Jeniel Nett

Credentials: Department of Medicine and Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Position title: Host-pathogen interactions for Candida auris, Candida biofilm immunology


"Dr. Nett's research team is focused on defining mechanisms of immune evasion by fungi and identifying avenues to circumvent these processes.

They have discovered several impaired immune responses to Candida. Using the model organism Candida albicans, they have found that formation of a biofilm allows the pathogen to withstand host defenses. Neutrophils are unable to effectively kill the resilient communities.

In addition, investigations of the host response to Candida auris have revealed an impaired phagocytic response to this emerging, multi-drug resistant Candida spp. Their work also examines how Candida auris propagates on skin and spreads in healthcare settings."

- Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health