Faculty Advisor

Politz, Samuel M

Faculty Advisor

Prusty Rao, Reeta


It is difficult to develop drugs against fungal infections because both fungi and their hosts are eukaryotic. By using a host-pathogen system and an assay in high-throughput screens of genetic knockouts, fungal virulence factors and host immunity modulators can be identified and studied. We are developing a liquid culture assay to study the effects of co-culturing C. elegans with S. cerevisiae mutants. We tested several conditions including different liquid media, E.coli to Yeast mass ratios, and C. elegans mutant strains. We concluded that there are other factors causing the death of the C. elegans in the assay, such as matricide, which are not S. cerevisiae-related. To exclude matricide, a new C. elegans strain with kgb-1; fer-1 double mutant genotype was constructed by crossing.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2009



Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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