Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:20pm
Graduate Student Exit Seminar, PPPMB, Cornell University
My work is focused on the diversity and abundance of fungi in the human environment and fungi associated with food. I am particularly interested in fungal communities of food spoilage, as well as fungi that survive in extreme environments such as preserved foods and in our homes. The implications of contact with and consumption of these organisms and their associated secondary metabolites intrigue me. My research is currently focused on thermotolerant fungi, which survive conventional food processing, and cause spoilage. I am interested in the diversity of these organisms as well as the variation in physiological traits among isolates that allow them to cause problems.