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ESR 6 - DARIA KOSMALA

Principal investigator: Christophe d'Enfert

Host institution: IP

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Molecular basis of niche specificity in Candida albicans

My name is Daria and I come from Poland, where I studied at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. I completed my BA in Biology in 2014 and my Master’s studies in Microbiology in 2016. 

During my BA studies, I did a one-year internship at the Laboratory of Biologically Active Compounds at NIPH-NIH (Poland), where I took part in the search for novel biologically active compounds and determinating the taxonomy of Actinomycetes originating from extreme environments.

Since the very beginning of my studies, I was interested in microbiology and molecular biology. For this reason, I did my Master’s thesis in IBB PAS (Poland) under the supervision of Prof. Elżbieta Kraszewska. My thesis focused on the involvement of two Nudix hydrolases in virulence of human opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa

After graduation, I joined the project aiming to develop novel cell-based drug delivery systems to hypoxic parts of solid tumors (Warsaw University of Life Sciences).

Since October 2019, I have been working as an early stage researcher (ESR) as part of the FunHoMic Marie Skłodowska–Curie Innovative Training Network at the Fungal Biology and Pathogenicity Unit at Institut Pasteur in Paris (France), under the direction of Prof. Christophe d’Enfert. The project aims to determinate molecular mechanisms underlying niche restriction in a specific cluster (Cluster 13) of Candida albicans, known as C. africana