The Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS)
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD
Office: IMS, Room 4:20
Lab: IMS, Room 4:08
Since 2021: Senior Lecturer in Fungal Genetics; School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition; University of Aberdeen, UK
2013-2021: Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology; School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition; University of Aberdeen, UK
2007-2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK
2005-2007: Erwin Schrödinger-Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) researching at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK
2003-2005: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Chromosome Biology, University of Vienna, Austria
1992-2003: Studying Botany and Genetics at the University of Vienna, Austria and at the University of Cologne, Germany
- PhD Genetics2003 - University of Vienna, Austriawith distinction
- MRes Botany2000 - University of Vienna, Austriawith distinction
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Since October 2014 Member of and since January 2016 Biological Safety Officer for the Foresterhill Biological Safety Committee
- External Memberships
Since 2021: Honorary Treasurer of the Genetics Society.
Member of the following learned societies:
Ad hoc reviewer for international research journals: Biomolecules; BMC Genomics; Cellular Microbiology; Chromosoma; Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal; Current Genetics; Evolution, Medicine & Public Health; FEMS Yeast Research; Folia Microbiologica; Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology; Frontiers in Microbiology; Fungal Biology Reviews; G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics; Gene; Genes; Genetics; Genome; Germs; International Journal of Molecular Sciences; Journal of Cell Science; Journal of Fungi; Journal of Medical Microbiology; Microorganisms; Nature Communications; Nature Structural & Molecular Biology; Nucleic Acids Research; Open Biology; PLoS Genetics; Scientific Reports; Theoretical and Applied Genetics
Grant reviewer: Academia Sinica|Taiwan, ANR|France, BBSRC|UK, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland|UK, ERA-CAPS|European Union, Israel Science Foundation|Israel, MRC|UK, NSF|USA, NWO|Netherlands, SRDA-APVV|Slovakia, Wellcome Trust|UK
I am currently accepting PhDs in Biomedical Sciences.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Bravo Ruiz G, Ross ZK, Gow NAR, Lorenz A (2020) Pseudohyphal growth of the emerging pathogen Candida auris is triggered by genotoxic stress through the S phase checkpoint. - mSphere 5 (2): e00151-20 (17pp.)
Brown SD*, Mpaulo SJ*, Asogwa MN, Jézéquel M, Whitby MC, Lorenz A (2019) DNA sequence differences are determinants of meiotic recombination outcome. - Scientific Reports 9: 16446 (10pp.) (*these authors contributed equally)
Bravo Ruiz G, Ross ZK, Holmes E, Schelenz S, Gow NAR, Lorenz A (2019) Rapid and extensive karyotype diversification in haploid clinical Candida auris isolates. - Current Genetics 65 (5): 1217-1228
Lorenz A (2017) Modulation of meiotic homologous recombination by DNA helicases. - Yeast 34 (5): 195-203
Lorenz A, Mehats A, Osman F, Whitby MC (2014) Rad51/Dmc1 paralogs and mediators oppose DNA helicases to limit hybrid DNA formation and promote crossovers during meiotic recombination. - Nucleic Acids Research 42 (22): 13723-13735
Lorenz A, Osman F, Sun W, Nandi S, Steinacher R, Whitby MC (2012) The fission yeast FANCM ortholog directs non-crossover recombination during meiosis. - Science (New York, N.Y.) 336 (6088): 1585-1588
Professor Alistair Brown, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
Dr Kyuha Choi, POSTECH Biotech Centre, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
Professor Anne D. Donaldson, Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), University of Aberdeen, UK
Professor Neil A. R. Gow, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
Professor Adele Marston, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Bart Nieuwenhuis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Professor Harry Scherthan, Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology affiliated with the Universität Ulm, Germany
Professor Neil Vargesson, Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), University of Aberdeen, UK
Professor Jürgen Wendland, Institute of Microbiology and Biochemistry, University Geisenheim, Germany
Professor Matthew Whitby, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK
Sakinah Alsayegh, PhD in Molecular Microbiology 2019-2023 "Morphogenetic switching and antimicrobial resistance in Candida auris"
Chloe Pelletier, PhD in Medical Mycology 2019-2022 "Stress response and virulence in Candida auris"
Inês Dias Rebelo, MRes in Molecular Biology 2018-2019 "Epigenetics and meiotic recombination in Schizosaccharomyce pombe"
Stefaniya T. Stoichkova, PhD in Microbiology 2017-2022 "Tools for the genetic manipulation of Candida auris"
Samantha J. Mpaulo, PhD in Genetics 2017-2021 "DNA double-strand break formation during meiosis"
Zoe K. Ross, MRes and PhD in Medical Mycology 2017-2020 "Genome analysis of and antimicrobial resistance in Candida auris"
Simon D. Brown, PhD in Genetics 2013-2017 "Meiotic recombination in Schizosaccharomyces pombe"
Funding and Grants
02/2020-09/2020: Seed Corn Fund (with Prof Neil Vargesson) - Institutional Strategic Support Fund, Wellcome Trust
10/2019-10/2022: Award for a 3-year PhD-studentship - Kuwait Cultural Office UK, Ministry of Higher Education, Kuwait
10/2019-10/2022: MRC-CMM award for a 3-year PhD-studentship (with Profs Al Brown & Neil Gow) - MRC & University of Aberdeen, UK
02/2019-07/2019: Research Incentive Grant - The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
07/2018-01/2020: Seed Award in Science - Wellcome Trust
01/2018-01/2019: Research Grant - Tenovus Scotland (with Prof Neil Gow)
10/2017-10/2020: MRC-CMM award for a 3-year PhD-studentship (with Prof Neil Gow) - MRC & University of Aberdeen, UK
10/2017-10/2021: IMS award for a 4-year PhD-studentship (with Prof Neil Gow) - University of Aberdeen, UK
10/2017-10/2021: EastBio-DTP awards for two 4-year PhD-studentships (with Prof Adele Marston, University of Edinburgh) - BBSRC
06/2017-11/2017: Seed Corn Fund (with Prof Neil Gow) - Institutional Strategic Support Fund, Wellcome Trust
04/2017: One-off Meeting sponsorship (with Dr Isabelle Colas) for the 9th British Meiosis Meeting in Dundee - Genetics Society UK
06/2016-08/2016: G&D Summer studentship (for Ki Choi CHAN, University of York) - Genetics Society UK
01/2015-09/2015: Research Incentive Grant - The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
10/2014-10/2015: Research Grant - Royal Society
10/2013-10/2017: DTG award for a 4-year PhD-studentship - BBSRC & University of Aberdeen, UK
09/2013: Principal’s Excellence Fund - University of Aberdeen
07/2005-07/2007: Erwin Schrödinger-Fellowship - Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
10/1997-06/1998: ERASMUS/SOCRATES-scholarship - European Union
GN3502 - Genetics
MB3006 - Molecular Biology of the Cell: 'Cell Cycle & Cell Division' (Lectures, Tutorial)
GN3502 - Genetics: 'Mendelian Genetics', 'Chromosome Biology', 'Fungal Genetics' (Lectures)
MC3504 - Molecular Microbiology: 'Fungal Genetics and Biology' (Lectures)
MB4050 - Genome Organisation and Analysis: 'Genome Integrity - DNA Repair, Homologous Recombination, and Meiosis' (Lectures)
BI20M3 - Molecular Biology of the Gene: 'Restriction Analysis of DNA'
SM2001 - Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences: 'Data Collection and Statistics', 'Experimental Design'
GN3502 - Genetics: 'Analysis of Meiotic Recombination'
MB4502 - 'Molecular Biology Honours Research Project'
MB5904 - Masters Research Project'
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
Personal Tutor for 8 UG students in various degree programmes and at all levels.
Member of 9-months and 24-months PhD student assessment panels.
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The curious case of nonrepetitive centromeric DNA sequences in Candida auris and related speciesmBio, vol. 12, no. 4, e01476-21Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews
What do we know about the biology of the emerging fungal pathogen of humans Candida auris?Microbiological Research, vol. 242, 126621Contributions to Journals: Articles
Is Candida auris sexual?PLoS Pathogens, vol. 16, no. 12, e1009094Contributions to Journals: Articles
Catalase T-deficient fission yeast meiocytes show resistance to ionizing radiationAntioxidants, vol. 9, no. 9, 881Contributions to Journals: Articles
Intragenic meiotic recombination in Schizosaccharomyces pombe is sensitive to environmental temperature changesChromosome Research, vol. 28, pp. 195-207Contributions to Journals: Articles
Candida auris: The path of yeast resistanceResearch Outreach, vol. 113, pp. 138-141Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
Pseudohyphal growth of the emerging pathogen Candida auris is triggered by genotoxic stress through the S phase checkpointmSphere, vol. 5, no. 2, e00151-20Contributions to Journals: Articles
DNA sequence differences are determinants of meiotic recombination outcomeScientific Reports, vol. 9, 16446Contributions to Journals: Articles
Rapid and extensive karyotype diversification in haploid clinical Candida auris isolatesCurrent Genetics, vol. 65, no. 5, pp. 1217-1228Contributions to Journals: Articles
Immediate visualization of recombination events and chromosome segregation defects in fission yeast meiosisChromosoma, vol. 128, no. 3, pp. 385-396Contributions to Journals: Articles