Faculty Advisor

Prusty Rao, Reeta

Abstract

Fungi of the Candida genus have caused an increasing number of infections over the past 30 years, with Candida albicans being the most common species. Candida parapsilosis, however, is an emerging threat as the second most prevalent species. This study focused on characterizing virulence in 14 C. parapsilosis clinical isolates using a variety of in vitro and in vivo assays. The results reveal a correlation between relatively low levels of adhesion to acrylic surfaces, smooth colony morphology, and virulence.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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