Deadly ‘Crypto’ pathogen lures Fulbright researcher to UQ
Cryptococcus is so forsaken by research that it doesn’t even make the neglected diseases list – but the deadly fungal pathogen has lured an American scientist all the way to The University of Queensland.
“James and I have actually known each other scientifically for over 10 years. We trained together in the US during our postdoctoral studies.
“James’ research interests differ from mine and so when my program started heading in a direction that could bring in his expertise, I wanted to tap into his skill set, and that of his collaborators, to answer questions that I couldn’t answer on my own,” Dr Nielsen said.
“I think my great hope this year is to take some of the strengths from the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences a nd drug development and apply these to my system, expand on those studies and incorporate them into my research program.”
Those interactions are what make a successful sabbatical, she said.
This particular sabbatical was two years in the planning, and required moving her husband Joseph Knight and 12-year-old daughter to Brisbane for a year.