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MRC Centre for Medical Mycology

MRC Centre for Medical Mycology

Mycology is an area of urgent medical need, with more than 1.5 million deaths worldwide each year caused by fungal infections. 

Of all microbial pathogens of humans, fungi are the least well studied and understood. The cost of diagnosing and treating fungal infections also has major economic impact. The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) enables this group of researchers to utilise and expand its critical mass, promoting pioneering cross-disciplinary research that covers areas of scientific, translational and clinical importance.

The MRC CMM, recently relocated to the University of Exeter, is a joint investment by the MRC and the University of Exeter and represents one of the most ambitious strategic investments in medical mycology worldwide. The MRC CMM is based in the Geoffrey Pope building and spans both the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) and the College of Medicine and Health (CMH).

The MRC CMM complements and enhances Exeter’s existing strengths in living systems, life sciences and medicine, placing Exeter at the forefront of fungal research at a critical time.

Submission of applications for this call is now open 

Do you want to make a difference in patients’ lives? Are you interested in combating major global infectious diseases? Do you want advanced training in molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, host-pathogen interactions and/or immunology? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you should consider the MRes-PhD studentships offered by the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter (MRC CMM).

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In addition to a high number of personal observations shared by clinicians who have been taking care of patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis as a complication of severe COVID-19 disease in intensive care units across the world, papers are now being published and a study is planned to assess COVID-19 associated pulmonary aspergillosis. Key developments are highlighted here.

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M Y C O – T A L K S

** International scientists sharing outstanding science **

Join us for our new monthly seminar series MYCO-TALKS on the last Thursday of each month. 

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Our vision

A major activity of the Centre is to increase capacity in fundamental and clinical research in medical mycology through research and training programmes for medical and biosciences students, clinicians and early career researchers.

Vacancies & Opportunities

New opportunities available at all levels at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter to further strengthen our multidisciplinary team.

**Now recruiting outstanding Scientists working in Antifungal Drug Resistance and Infectious Co-morbidities.**

Latest news

Dr Elizabeth Ballou joins MRC CMM

Dr Elizabeth Ballou, cell biology and genetics specialist will join the Medical Research Council Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) in Exeter, from the University of Birmingham. Having recently pioneered in-vitro and single-cell approaches to study key fungal morphogenic transitions underpinning pathogenesis, Dr Ballou brings her expertise to Exeter to study structural changes in human fungal pathogens.