Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics Graduate Student
Geethanjali (Geetha) Vipulanandan
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Houston - The Honors College, Houston, Texas
In many immunocompromised patients, Candida biofilms are associated with oral thrush, the most common opportunistic fungal infection in humans. Unfortunately, these biofilm communities are more resistant to antimicrobial treatment than single, planktonic cells. Although C. albicans is the predominant organism found in oral thrush infections, there is an increasing incidence of isolates consisting of non-albicans Candida species. My project is focused on studying biofilms in Candida species.
- F30- Awarded/Funded September 2013. Impact Score: 10.
- 1st place for Student oral presentation at SCMM Annual Meeting – Houston, Texas (November 2013)
- 2nd place for Poster presentation at Microbiology and Immunology Departmental Retreat – San Antonio, Texas (November 2013)
- Student Travel Grant awarded by Department of Microbiology and Immunology (January 2014)
- Selected to represent UTHSCSA School of Dentistry at the 51st Annual Colgate Dental Students’ Conference on Research (October 2015)
- 2014-Present American Student Dental Association (ASDA)
- 2014-Present International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
- 2013-Present American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
- 2011-Present American Association for Dental Research (AADR)
- Banerjee M, Uppuluri P, Zhao X, Carlisle P, Vipulanandan G, Villar C, López-Ribot J and Kadosh, D. Expression of UME6, a key regulator of C. albicans hyphal development, enhances biofilm formation via Hgc1- and Sun41-dependent mechanisms. Eukaryot. Cell. 12(2):224-232. Feb. 12, 2013. PMID: 23223035. PMCID: PMC3571304
- Lackey E, Vipulanandan G, Childers DS, and Kadosh D. Comparative evolution of morphological regulatory functions in Candida species. Eukaryot Cell. 2013 Oct;12(10):1356-68. Epub Aug 2, 2013. PMID:23913541