Dr Benjamin Hommel is a PharmD., specialized in medical biology. He has different areas of expertise in the field of medical mycology, medical parasitology and biological hematology. He is currently PhD student in the molecular mycology unit.
In C. neoformans, dormancy has been demonstrated epidemiologically in our laboratory but not experimentally, so far. An assay where yeasts cells exhibiting characteristics of potentially dormant cells is developed.
His project aim at deciphering dormancy inducing factors in Cryptococcus neoformans that could lead to a better understanding of pathophysiology of invasive fungal infections.