Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Aaron Mitchell Appointed Section Editor for PLoS Pathogens
Biological Sciences Professor Aaron Mitchell has been appointed a section editor for PLoS Pathogens, an open-access journal that publishes original research articles on pathogens, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses, and their interactions with their hosts. He will review and edit submitted papers that deal with fungal pathogenesis.
Mitchell’s research interests center on the mechanism by which fungi respond to their environments. His main focus is Candida albicans, the major invasive fungal pathogen of humans. He is carrying out research on the fungus’s mechanisms of drug resistance in hopes of improving therapies for fungal infections.
Before joining the Biological Sciences faculty in 2008, Mitchell was a professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center for 21 years and acting chair for three. He is a recipient of many federal grants from several institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including grants to understand biofilm formation and drug resistance in Candida. He is an editor for the journals Genetics, Eukaryotic Cell and PLoS Pathogens, is an NIH Study Section member, has served as instructor for the Cold Spring Harbor Yeast Course, and is currently a course director for the Molecular Mycology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.