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Special Issue "Fungal Biofilms"
A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2016).
Interests: fungal pathogenensis; biofilm; mycobiome; antifungal drug development
I still remember when I first attended a lecture at the American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting, nearly 15 years ago, and the topic of bacterial biofilms was presented. Sitting in the audience, as a medical mycologist, I suddenly felt a rush to go back to the laboratory and I immediately talked to Dr. Jyotsna Chandra, a young Post-doctoral fellow, who had just joined my group, asking her if she would like to work on a Candida biofilm. Puzzled, Jyotsna asked me, “What is a biofilm?” My response to her was, “I have no idea, but it is exciting”. Now, over 15 years have passed, and due to the pioneering work of our colleagues, nationally and internationally, the molecular mechanisms underlying the biology of fungal biofilms, their antimicrobial resistance, and pathogenesis have been elucidated. In addition, through proteomic and genomic approaches, we were able to identify targets that can be exploited in to discover anti-biofilm therapeutic approaches, as well as tools that will aid these efforts. These efforts are starting to help us in translating our basic research findings into translational application, aimed at preventing and treating biofilm associated diseases. Finally, guidelines to manage biofilm-associated infections have emerged.
To capture these discoveries and to spread the word about them, I agreed to be a Guest Editor for a Special Issue entitled “Fungal Biofilms”. I look forward to receiving positive responses to this invitation, where you agree to contribute a manuscript in the area you feel will capture your experience in helping us unlock the secrets of fungal biofilms.
Prof. Dr. Mahmoud A. Ghannoum
Manuscript Submission Information
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