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Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities

Overview

The Fungal Kingdom is remarkable in the breadth and depth of its impact on life on Earth. Its six million species produce everything from edible mushrooms to infectious disease, and have major impacts on human health, the food supply, and the environment.

The harm that fungi can do is startling, causing epidemics in staple crops that feed billions and producing toxins that contaminate food supplies and cause cancer. At the same time, fungi are tremendously beneficial. They produce antibiotics such as penicillin, as well as immunosuppressive drugs that inhibit transplant rejection and drugs that reduce the risk of heart disease. They are crucial to the production of food. And fungi play an important role in the health of plants.

The complexity of the Fungal Kingdom demands a multidisciplinary approach. This CIFAR team includes diverse experts to understand the unique facets of fungal biology and develop new strategies to mitigate the threats posed by fungi and harness their extraordinary potential.


Founded in: 2019


CIFAR Director:
Kate Geddie

Fellows & Advisors

Program Directors

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Leah Cowen
Program Director

Leah Cowen is Professor and Chair of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto.

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Joseph Heitman
Program Director

Joseph Heitman is a member of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University.

Fellows

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David S. Blehert

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • National Wildlife Health Center
  • United States
Charles Boone

Charles M. Boone

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
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Christina A. Cuomo

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • Broad Institute
  • United States
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Matthew C. Fisher

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • Imperial College London
  • United Kingdom
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Sarah Jane Gurr

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of Exeter
  • United Kingdom
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Hailing Jin

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of California Riverside
  • United States
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Bruce Klein

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • United States
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James Kronstad

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
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Don Sheppard

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • McGill University
  • Canada
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Jason E. Stajich

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of California Riverside
  • United States
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Eva H. Stukenbrock

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
  • Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel
  • Germany
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Gerard Wright

  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • McMaster University
  • Canada

Advisors

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Arturo Casadevall

  • Advisory Committee Chair
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • John Hopkins University
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David Denning

  • Advisor
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of Manchester
  • United Kingdom
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Neil Gow

  • Advisor
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of Exeter
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Regine Kahmann

  • Advisor
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
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John Taylor

  • Advisor
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
  • University of California Berkeley