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CIFAR Virtual Talks: What is the next big threat?


May 11, 2021 12:41 PM

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Leah Cowen
Leah Cowen is the co-director of CIFAR’s Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities program, and Associate Vice-President, Research at the University of Toronto. Her laboratory takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand what allows some microbes to exploit the host and cause disease, and to develop new strategies to treat life-threatening infectious disease.
Mat Fisher
Mat Fisher is a fellow in CIFAR’s Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities program and a professor at Imperial College London. His research has shown that fungal pathogens are rapidly increasing in their impact worldwide owing to unique epidemiological features that allow them to behave as “Perfect Pathogens” that can drive entire species to extinction and emerge as novel human pathogens.