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Nhu Pham

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Plant Biology Graduate Student

Nhu Pham joined the Lin lab in 2018 as a Research Professional and in 2021 she joins the lab as a Graduate Student. Her work interests are in the emergence pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus, and Cryptococcus neoformans. Her work in A. fumigatus mainly focuses on the pathogen’s secondary metabolite, melanin. She hopes to grasp the trafficking pathway of the palmitoylated melanin enzymes. Nhu's current thesis work involves the intercellular communication that triggers biofilm formation in Cryptococcus neoformans. She wants to identify the unknown signal as well as to characterize the signal pathways. There has been a lack of knowledge on the role of biofilm in Basidiomycetes and she would like to uncover the importance of this morphology. In addition, she focuses on vaccine discovery, virulence pathways, and immunological mechanisms in Cryptococcus neoformans.  With this work, she intends to achieve a better understanding of these two pathogenic organisms to unravel the mechanisms of these pathogens' behaviors.​​​​​​

Labs (via personnel):
Selected Publications:
  1. Lin J, Pham T, Hipsher K, Glueck N, Fan Y, Lin X, (2022) Immunoprotection against Cryptococcosis Offered by Znf2 Depends on Capsule and the Hyphal Morphology. mBio, DOI: 10.1128/mbio.02785-21
  2. Strycker BD, Han Z, Bahari A, Pham T, Lin X, Shaw B, Sokolov AV, O Scully M. (2021) Raman Characterization of Fungal DHN and DOPA Melanin Biosynthesis Pathways. Journal of Fungi, 7(10), 841. DOI: 10.3390/jof7100841
  3. Ambati S, Pham T, Lewis Z, Lin X, and Meagher R. (2021) DC-SIGN targets amphotericin D-loaded liposomes to diverse pathogenic fungi. Fungal Biology and Biotechnology, 8(1), 1-13. DOI: 10.1186/s40694-021-00126-3
  4. Ambati S, Pham T, Lewis Z, Lin X, and Meagher R. (2021) DectiSomes: Glycan Targeting of Liposomal Drugs Improves the Treatment of Disseminated Candidiasis. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 01467-21. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.01467-21
  5. Ambati S, Ellis E, Pham T, Lewis Z, Lin X, and Meagher R. (2021) Antifungal-Liposomes Directed by Dectin-2 Offer a Promising Therapeutic Option for Pulmonary Aspergillosis. mBio, 12 (1), e00030-21. DOI: 10.1128/mBio.00030-21
  6. Pham T, Xie X, and Lin X. (2020). An intergenic “safe haven” region in Aspergillus fumigatus. Medical Mycology, 58, 1178–1186. DOI: 10.1093/mmy/myaa009. PMID: 32171003

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