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Amber Matha

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Graduate Student

Amber joined the Lin lab as a graduate student in 2018.  She is interested in investigating and deciphering the utilization of Ni as a micronutrient as well as the process of sexual reproduction in Cryptococcus neoformans. Ni has almost exclusively been studied as a toxin in the environment and the mechanisms that fungi use to regulate Ni homeostasis are unknown. C. neoformans, similar to humans inherits mitochondria from a single parent during mating, however the mechanism governing this process is a mystery. With this work Amber intends on uncovering the mechanisms involved in Ni homeostasis and uniparental mitochondrial inheritance.


B.S. in Biochemistry, Mercyhurst University (2018)

Labs (via personnel):
Selected Publications:

Matha, A.R., & Lin, X. (2020). Current perspectives on uniparental mitochondrial inheritance in Cryptococcus neoformans. Pathogens.


Tremper, C., Matha, A. R., & Taylor, C. E. (2017). Assessing the Effects of ErbB2 Kinase Inhibition in Conjunction with Broad Spectrum Anti-Cancer Treatments. In FASEB JOURNAL Vol. 31 (pp. 1 page). Chicago, IL: FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL. Retrieved from

Of note:

Molecular Mycology Course TA- July-Aug 2021

Mycology Graduate Student Organization- President May 2019-May 2020

Microbiology Graduate Student Organization- Recruitment Co-Chair May 2020-present

Microbiology Graduate Student Organization- President Dec 2021-present

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 1:41pm

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