Sybren de Hoog
Sybren de Hoog, PhD is researcher in phylogenetic and ecological mycology, currently working at the RadboudUMC/CWZ Center of Expertise for Mycology in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He has been professor of mycology at the University of Amsterdam, and holds visiting professorships at several universities in China and Brazil. He has written over 900 scientific papers, in addition to the editing of symposia, book chapters and special issues of e.g. Studies in Mycology, Fungal Biology, Medical Mycology, Mycoses, Fungal Diversity and Persoonia. Currently he is past-President of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM). In this function he assisted in the organization of ISHAM and satellite congress in Tokyo and Beijng in 2009. He was program chairman of the TIFI/ECMM congress in Amsterdam (2003) and of the ISHAM Congress in Amsterdam, 2018. He is first author of the Atlas of Clinical Fungi.
Sarah A. Ahmed
Sarah Ahmed, PhD is a microbiologist and medical mycologist, obtained her master’s degree from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and her PhD. from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Currently, she is guest researcher at the RadboudUMC/CWZ Center of Expertise for Mycology in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, senior lecturer at the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and affiliated researcher to the Foundation Atlas of Clinical Fungi. She has worked at several academic institutions including the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht and the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. Her research focuses on epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of mycotic infections. Dr. Ahmed is particularly interested in studying the molecular taxonomy of clinical fungi, and she described more than 10 clinically relevant novel species. She authored more than 60 scientific articles/book chapters and is actively involved in teaching medical graduates and undergraduates. She is co-author of the Atlas of Clinical Fungi and member of the editorial boards of Frontiers in Fungal Biology and Mycopathologia, and reviewer for several international journals.
Flavio de Queiroz-Telles
Flavio Queiroz-Telles, MD, PhD was vice president of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM). He is currently Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, Department of Public Health at the Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil. Main lines of research are in medical mycology, with emphasis on clinical, epidemiological, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of implantation and systemic mycoses. He is a permanent member of the Scientific and Executive Committees of the Latin American Forum on Fungal Infections in Clinical Practice (INFOCUS) and ISHAM Ambassador for Brazil. He is Coordinator of the Medical Mycology Committee of the Brazilian Society of Infectiology (SBI) and advisor for the Technical Group on Mycoses of the Health Surveillance Secretariat of the Ministry of Health of Brazil.
Yvonne Gräser, PhD is working as a professor at Department of Microbiology infectious Disease and Immunology, Charité – University Medical Centre Berlin (CBF), Berlin, Germany. She is the head of National Reference Laboratory of Dermatophytes, head of the EQA for phenotypical identification as well as genome detection of dermatophytes in collaboration with Instand eV in Germany. She is the PI of many national and international projects, patent holder and published over 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She also serves as editorial board member for Infection, Genetics and Evolution and Journal of Fungi.
Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Alfred and Jill Summer Chair of the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, U.S.A. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital and specialized in infectious diseases at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. The author of over 900 papers, books and chapters, his major research interests are in fungal pathogenesis and the mechanisms of antibody action. He is editor-in-chief of mBio, was Deputy Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation and serves on several editorial boards. He has served on the National Science Board for Biosecurity and the National Commission on Forensic Science. He is currently chair of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Retno Wahyuningsih, MD is working as a professor at the Department of Parasitology, Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Faculty of Medicine. She is also the coordinator of the three laboratories, Department of Parasitology, Department of Microbiology and Department of Histopathology at the same university. She is now serving as the Chair- person of Indonesia Society for Human and Animal Mycology, member of the Asia Working Group, Board of Director Asia Pacific Society for Medical Mycology, Global Action against Fungal infection and WHO Global AMR Research member. She used to be the PI of many national and international collaboration projects in fungal infection including fungal infection among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in Indonesia. She has been a reviewer for manuscripts on various aspects of mycology in many international journals.
Abdullah M.S. Al-Hatmi
Abdullah Al-Hatmi, PhD is assistant professor of medical and molecular mycology and leader of the Microbiology Research Group at Natural and Medical Research Center, Nizwa University, Oman. His PhD research focused on Fusarium and fusariosis, and his general research interests include fungal diagnostics, pathogenesis, antifungal drug pharmacology, and correlation with clinical findings. He also investigates other fungal infections with a global network of collaborators through basic, translational, and clinical research lines. He works as a consultant for various clinical and diagnostic laboratories, as well as pharmaceutical companies in Oman. He published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, presented numerous conference papers, and published several book chapters. He is co-author of the Atlas of Clinical Fungi. He is a Fellow of European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) and a member of the international Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM). He is a member of the editorial boards of Mycopathologia and Frontiers in Fungal Biology.
Nina Gunde-Cimerman, PhD is full professor in microbiology and Chair of Molecular Genetics and Biology of Microorganisms at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research interest concerns extremophilic fungi, with a focus on halophilic fungi but ranging from Arctic glaciers to extreme household environments, such as dishwashers. A separate branch of her research is the study of poly-extremophilic fungi that are opportunistic human pathogens. Travels to special extreme habitats are an essential part of this work, from polar to hypersaline, the latest being an acid volcanic lake in Mexico, allowing the establishment the world’s largest strain bank of extremophilic fungi (Ex), with over 17.000 isolates. Fungi are investigated from the point of view of phylogeny, population genomics and adaptation. She also frequently appears on national radio and TV programs to the public’s appreciation of the fascination and role of science in modern society.
Sean Zhang, MD, PhD is associate professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Medical Mycology Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, U.S.A.. He is American Board-certified in Medical Microbiology (ABMM) with expertise in fungal diagnostics. Research focuses on developing rapid and nonculture-based tools for fungal diagnostics and antifungal drug resistance. He has authored over 100 publications. He is Executive Editor of Medical Mycology, editorial board member of Clinical Microbiology Reviews, advisor to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Antifungal Susceptibility Testing subcommittee, current member of American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Laboratory Practice Subcommittee, current member of College of American Pathologist (CAP) Microbiology Committee, Mycology Section Editor for the Manual of Clinical Microbiology (13th &14 Edition). He is also a co-founding chair of Fungal Diagnostics Laboratory Consortium (FDLC) in the USA/Canada..
Elena Piecková, PhD is Assoc. Prof. in Public Health, head of mycology at the Faculty of Medicine, Slovak Medical University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and recently serves as Vice-Dean for International Students. Her expertise is in indoor and food mycology / mycotoxicology, related to occupational hygiene, public health, and predictive mycology. She was visiting scientist at several institutes in Belgium, the U.S.A. and The Netherlands. She is national representative in a European Committee for Standardization working group on bioaerosols, and assessor of the Slovak National Accreditation Service in microbiology. She is coordinator of several international projects, bilateral as well as EU-funded. She was involved in more than 400 publications.
Shawn Lockhart, PhD is senior clinical laboratory advisor for the Mycotic Diseases Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, U.S.A. He is currently an advisor to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Antifungal Susceptibility Testing Subcommittee and is a member of the CLSI Expert Panel for Microbiology. His focus is on clinical mycology, antifungal resistance, and fungal laboratory capacity building. He has authored or coauthored over 250 manuscripts and book chapters, is associate editor for the journals Mycoses and Emerging Infectious Diseases and is on the editorial boards of Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Medical Mycology, Journal of Fungi, and Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He recently co-authored the 7th edition of Larone’s Medically Important Fungi.
Anamelia Bocca, PhD is a full professor at the University of Brasilia, Brazil, working as a professor of immunology at the Department of Cell Biology, Institute of Biological Sciences. She coordinates the Laboratory of Applied Immunology, which focuses the innate immunity activation during interactions between the host and human pathogenic fungi. She coordinated 12 national projects as a PI and published 95 articles in peer-review journals. She is the editor of Mycopathologia and the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research.
Jacques Guillot, PhD graduated from the Veterinary College of Alfort and completed his training in medical mycology at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France. He holds the position of full professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Mycology at Alfort since 2002. He has been a corresponding member of the French Academy of Medicine since 2008 and a full member of French Veterinary Academy since 2018. He is one of the founding members of the ISHAM Veterinary Mycology and One Health working group. His research interests include taxonomy, ecology and evolution of fungal pathogens, development of animal models of infectious diseases and development of new therapeutic options for fungal or parasitic infections in humans and animals.
Vania A. Vicente
Vania Vicente, PhD graduated in agricultural microbiology at the University of São Paulo USP/ESALQ, Brazil, with postdoctoral study in molecular taxonomy of fungi done at the Westerdijk Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Currently she is full professor at the Department of Basic Pathology of the Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, and permanent member of the Graduate Programs in Microbiology, Parasitology and Pathology; and Bioprocess Engineering and Biotechnology at this university. She is leader of a CNPq research group with emphasis on molecular characterization of microorganisms of clinical and biotechnological interest, and coordinates the international black yeast genome project in Paraná. She is also head of the fungal team of the Microbiological Collections Center of the Taxonline Network Collections of Paraná State.
Andy Borman, PhD is deputy director of the Health Security Agency’s National Mycology Reference Laboratory, Bristol, and Honorary Professor at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, U.K. He has been deputy director of a research unit at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France. His research interests include the epidemiology of emerging fungal pathogens and neglected tropical diseases. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He serves as a reviewer for a wide range of scientific journals, was previously on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Mycopathologia and is a current editor for Medical Mycology.
Martin Hoenigl, MD is associate professor for translational mycology at the Division of Infectious Diseases, Medical University of Graz, Austria. He is author to over 290 peer-reviewed publications in the field of infectious diseases, the majority in leading authorships. He has particular expertise in clinical mycology, including fungal diagnostics and pharmacology. He is the current president of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM), and the Vice Chair of the EHA Infections in Hematology SWG. He serves on the editorial boards of Mycoses, Mycopathologia and Open Forum Infectious Diseases. He has been awarded with the highest award of the German Speaking mycological society, and with the ID Week Diagnostic award in 2018.
Amir Seyedmousavi, PhD is a Senior Staff-Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Director and Faculty member of CPEP Microbiology Fellowship Program at the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA. In this role, he works as a Consultant Clinical Microbiologist for Infectious Disease Diagnostic Testing and Hospital Epidemiology Service. He also serves as Director of Mycology and Parasitology sections. He was previously appointed as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology/Mycology in Iran. He obtained a PhD degree from the University of Tehran, then he moved to Netherlands, received a second PhD in Medical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Resistance, and completed his postdoctoral training at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen. He is one of the founding members and coordinator of ‘ISHAM Fungal Diagnostics’ and ‘ISHAM Veterinary Mycology and One Health’ working groups.
Wendy van de Sande
Wendy van de Sande, PhD is associate professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases at ErasmusMC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For the past 20 years her research was focused on the tropical neglected disease mycetoma, for which she developed novel diagnostic tools and identified novel drugs mainly via an open source drug discovery platform. She is convener of the eumycetoma working group of ISHAM, member of the steering committee of the global mycetoma working group and vice chair of the skinNTD subgroup of the WHO diagnostic technical advisory group for Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Thomas J. Walsh
Thomas J. Walsh, MD, PhD, serves as Founding Director of the Center for Innovative Therapeutics and Diagnostics, the Henry Schueler Foundation Scholar in Mucormycosis, Adjunct Professor of Pathology of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as well as Visiting Professor in Infectious Diseases and Medical Mycology, Aristotle University School of Medicine, and Visiting Professor in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Oncology. As the author of more than 1,100 publications and investigator for more than 100 clinical studies, he and his staff have laid the scientific foundations for major advances and standards of care in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of invasive mycoses in immunocompromised pediatric and adult patients.
Macit Ilkit, MD is professor of medical microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Mycology at the University of Çukurova, Adana, Turkey. His research focuses on the epidemiology of dermatophytes with the objective of defining their virulence attributes and strategies to improve diagnosis, and on the ecological characteristics of melanized fungi and their correlation with clinical manifestations in order to improve therapeutic modalities. He is a founding member of the Society of Medical Mycology in Turkey and currently serves as a General Secretary of the Society. He also teaches Medical/Clinical Mycology both in national and international meetings.
Wieland Meyer, PhD obtained his MSc and PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University, U.S.A. He established the Molecular Mycology Research Laboratory at Westmead Hospital at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. Prof. Meyer was Associate Dean of the Curtin Medical School, and Dean of Research at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Presently he is director of the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute of the Royal Academy of Arts and Science, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the evolution, population genetics and genomics, of medical and veterinary pathogenic fungi, the development of fast, reliable molecular identification techniques of the agents of mycoses. He established the quality-controlled sequence database (its.mycologylab.org) for fungal DNA barcoding. He is serving as President of the International Mycological Association (IMA) and was the General Secretary of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM).
Shuwen Deng, PhD is now working as a professor at Medical Center, People’s Hospital of Suzhou New District in Suzhou, China. She is the director of the Medical Mycology Center and serving as vice Chairperson of the medical mycology section of the Chinese Mycology Society. She has been PI of more than 10 projects, of which several national projects supported by the National Science Foundation of China, and was involved as main researcher in international collaboration projects. Dr Deng published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She also serves as editor of Mycopathologia and the Chinese Journal of Mycology
Pietro Nenoff, MD received his degree at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Leipzig, Germany. Since 2002 he is working as laboratory physician and dermatologist at his own lab together with colleagues. As an irregular professor he gives lectures in dermatology at the Leipzig University, and is also guest lecturer at the Department of Dermatology, Mbarara University of Science and Health, Mbarara, Uganda. Special field of scientific interest is modern diagnostic methods in dermatomycology. Currently, the scientific cooperation with India is in the foreground, focusing on the epidemic spread of terbinafine-resistant dermatophytes in India and Europe.
Roxana G. Vitale
Roxana G. Vitale, PhD is a Medical Microbiologist with a focus on Medical Mycology. She obtained her PhD in The Netherlands, in 2004. She is Senior investigator at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) and she is director of Mycology in the Parasitology Unit at Ramos Mejia Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina, working in the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment advisement of fungal diseases. She is also Consultant of several other Hospitals in Buenos Aires and other states in Argentina. Research concerned the role of the antifungal activity of different agents against filamentous fungi and yeasts among other topics. She worked in cooperation with Westerdijk Institute and nowadays with Radboud Medical Center, The Netherlands and Medical Centers and Universities in Argentina. She is director and lecturer from 2004 at the International Medical Mycology Course, given in numerous countries worldwide. She belongs to the Committee of Carlos Spegazzini Society of Mycology and she is member of the Research Ethics Committee of the JM Ramos Mejía Hospital, registered in the OHRP of the NIH, U.S.A. She is co-author of the Atlas of Clinical Fungi and she has numerous publications and conference presentations.
Tomasz Jagielski, PhD received his degree from the National Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Research Institute, which serves as the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, Warsaw, Poland. His research focus is on medical microbiology, with a prime interest in molecular markers of infectious diseases and optimizing diagnostic algorithms in clinical practice. He is actively involved in forging a new realm of microbiology, called “medical phycology”. His research has led to over 100 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of several international societies and research networks. He established and heads the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Warsaw, and currently supervises three PhD candidates.
Ruoyu Li, MD is working as a professor at the Department of Dermatology, Peking University First Hospital in Beijing, China. She is the director of National Clinical Research Center for Skin and Immune Diseases and deputy director of Research Center for Medical Mycology, Peking University. She is now serving as the vice president of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology. She has been PI of numerous national and international projects and published over 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She also serves as deputy editor of Mycopathologia, Chinese Journal of Mycology, International Journal of Dermatology and editor of the British Journal of Dermatology, Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, Medical Mycology Journal and mLife.
Michaela Lackner, PhD is University Professor at the Institute of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology (HMM) at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. Since 2017, she heads the Mycological Research Group at the HMM. She completed both her Master and her PhD in natural sciences at the University of Innsbruck (LFU) in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Her interest is in fungal pathogens, particularly in the development of novel diagnostic tools and in understanding antifungal azole resistance mechanisms. She is ECFS fungal pathogens working group co-coordinator, member of the FPCRI expert board, leading the clinical translational working party on Mucorales, and convenor of the ECMM-ISHAM working group on Scedosporium infections. Lackner has authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed articles and is involved in the training of medical and science graduates and undergraduates in Social Medicine, Hygiene and Medical Microbiology.
Andrea Peano, PhD, is a researcher committed to the veterinary sciences with a long experience studying fungal infections. He is head of the mycology diagnostic laboratory of his Institute (Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Turin, Italy). He is engaged in teaching activities within the degree course in Veterinary Medicine. A firm believer in the “one-health” approach, Andrea regularly follows research projects concerning animal and human fungal and parasitic diseases. He regularly attends courses and congresses, providing ongoing education to mycology field members. He published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
John W. Taylor
John W. Taylor, PhD is Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at UC Berkeley, U.S.A. and served as guest researcher at CSIRO and guest professor at the University of Copenhagen. He has chaired the Division of Microbiology at UC Berkeley and been elected president of the Mycological Society of America and the International Mycological Association. He has served on the editorial boards of Mycologia, Fungal Genetics and Biology, and mMio. He helped pioneer the application of molecular biology to research on early fungal evolution, phylogeny, species recognition, population genetics, and population genomics. Recently, he has applied molecular methods to questions of ecology, using sequences of DNA recovered from environmental samples to investigate fungal communities of indoor and outdoor air, forest, desert, and agricultural soils.
Stéphane Ranque, PhD is Professor of Parasitology and Mycology at the Faculty of Medical and Paramedical Sciences, Aix- Marseille University. He heads the Parasitology and Mycology unit at the laboratory of La Timone University Hospital, which delivers laboratory diagnosis of human parasitic diseases and mycoses and the surveillance of environmental fungal contamination. He leads the Tropical Eukaryotic Pathogens team of the VITROME (Vecteurs Infections Tropicales et Méditerranéennes) research unit at the University Hospital Institute for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine in Marseille. He has co-authored more than 200 publications in the international scientific literature. He is Academic Editor of Mycopathologia; Associate Editor of Frontiers in Microbial Immunology, Review Editor of Frontiers in Antimicrobials, Resistance and Chemotherapy, Editorial Board Member of Journal of Fungi; Section Board Member of Microorganisms; and Section Editor of International Journal for Antimicrobial Agents.
Ishara S. Manawasinghe
Ishara Manawasinghe, PhD is Associate Researcher at Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, Guangzhou, China. Graduated from Mae Fah Luang University Thailand and obtained her PhD in Biosciences. Her fields of expertise are fungal taxonomy, molecular phylogeny, population biology and plant pathology. She is mainly focusing on phytopathogenic fungal species associated with various hosts. She has been working on several important phytopathogenic fungi. Her current research interests are beyond the species level of fungal plant pathogens and lifestyle changes of opportunistic fungal pathogens. In addition, she works on endophytic, saprobic and pathogenic fungal species from various ecosystems in south China. Currently, she is working microfungi associated with cultivated Citrus to develop biocontrol agents, and with palm fungi from various ecosystems. She has published her work on over 60 SCI papers.
Nathan Wiederhold, PharmD, is Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He serves as the Director of the Fungus Testing Laboratory, an academic reference mycology laboratory for clinical diagnostic testing, including antifungal susceptibility testing, fungal species identification, and antifungal therapeutic drug monitoring. In addition to his clinical and research responsibilities, Dr. Wiederhold serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and is on the editorial boards for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. He is also a member of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Antifungal Susceptibility Subcommittee, is a Fellow of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology, and is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Fungal Diagnostics Laboratory Consortium, the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas, and the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology.
Jacques F. Meis
Jacques F. Meis MD, PhD is a consultant at the Diamond Excellence Center for Medical Mycology (ECMM), University Hospital Cologne, Germany and at the Radboudumc/Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital Center of Expertise for Mycology, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is a board certified clinical microbiologist and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Royal College of Pathology, the European Confederation for Medical Mycology, the International Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and the American Academy of Microbiology. He is Past-President of the Netherlands Society for Medical Mycology, Past-President of the European Confederation for Medical Mycology and currently General Secretary of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology. He is co- Editor in Chief of Mycoses, (co)author of 700 scientific publications with a current H-Index of 112 and over 53,000 citations.