Dr DUNCAN WILSON

Dr DUNCAN WILSON

Research Fellow

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Dr DUNCAN WILSON
Dr DUNCAN WILSON

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The University of Aberdeen Institute of Medical Sciences, 4.15
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http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mmfi

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/ims/research/microbiology/aberdeen-fungal-group-602.php

http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=C4MT00331D

http://www.killerfungus.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

Sir Henry Dale fellow. University of Aberdeen (2014-present)

Postdoctoral researcher. Hans Knoell Institute, Jena, Germany (2007-2014).

Doctor of Philosophy. University of Manchester (2003-2006). The role of phosphodiesterases in Candida albicans physiology

Bachelor of Science with Honours in Microbiology. University of Glasgow (1999-2003).

Research

Research Interests

I am interested in how pathogenic fungi compete with their hosts for essential micronutrients. Certain trace minerals, such as iron and zinc, are actively withheld from pathogens in a process called nutritional immunity. Therefore, pathogenic microbes must have evolved specialised uptake systems in order to proliferate in their hosts and cause disease. I am using a combination of molecular and cellular biology, together with models of host-pathogen interactions, to dissect the mechanisms of micronutrient assimilation by the major human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans. I am particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms of zinc scavenging by this fungus during interactions with host cells.

 Candida albicans scavenging host zinc

Research Grants

Sir Henry Dale Fellowship jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. 

Overcoming nutritional immunity: micronutrient acquisition mechanisms of pathogenic fungi.

May 2014 - April 2019.

Further Info

Team

Dhara Malavia, Aaron Crawford, Duncan Wilson, Omran Alamir & Laura Lehtovirta.

 

 

 

 

PhD projects

Aaron Crawford, PhD student. Project: The role of endosomal zinc trafficking in fungal adaptation to nutritional immunity.

Aaron Crawford

 

 

Dhara Malavia, PhD student. Project: A giant impact: the role of Candida albicans Goliath cells on host-pathogen interactions. 

 

 

Omran Alamir, PhD student. Project: Candida albicans vacuolar zinc flux.

 

Alumni:

Bader Alawfi, MSc student. Project: Environmental regulation of zinc transporters in Candida albicans.

Herbert Itabngi, MRes student. Project: Zinc uptake and homeostasis in Candida albicans.

Anna da Cost, Visiting scientist. Project: Candida albicans unique genes in biofilm formation and antifungal drug resistance.   

Opportunities

Publications

Publications 

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Contributions to Journals

Articles

  • Malavia, D., Crawford, A. & Wilson, D. (2017). 'Nutritional Immunity and Fungal Pathogenesis: The Struggle for Micronutrients at the Host-Pathogen Interface'. Advances in Microbial Physiology, vol 70, pp. 85–103.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/bs.ampbs.2017.01.006
  • Wilson, D., Naglik, JR. & Hube, B. (2016). 'The Missing Link between Candida albicans Hyphal Morphogenesis and Host Cell Damage'. PLoS Pathogens, vol 12, no. 10, e1005867, pp. 1-5.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005867
    [Online] AURA: journal.ppat.1005867.PDF
  • Ballou, ER. & Wilson, D. (2016). 'The roles of zinc and copper sensing in fungal pathogenesis'. Current Opinion in Microbiology, vol 32, pp. 128-134.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.mib.2016.05.013
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S1369527416300686_main.pdf
  • Moyes, DL., Wilson, D., Richardson, JP., Mogavero, S., Tang, SX., Wernecke, J., Hofs, S., Gratacap, RL., Robbins, J., Runglall, M., Murciano, C., Blagojevic, M., Thavaraj, S., Forster, TM., Hebecker, B., Kasper, L., Vizcay, G., Iancu, SI., Kichik, N., Hader, A., Kurzai, O., Luo, T., Kruger, T., Kniemeyer, O., Cota, E., Bader, O., Wheeler, RT., Gutsmann, T., Hube, B. & Naglik, JR. (2016). 'Candidalysin is a fungal peptide toxin critical for mucosal infection'. Nature, vol 532, no. 7597, pp. 64-68.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1038/nature17625
  • Kasper, L., Miramon, P., Jablonowski, N., Wisgott, S., Wilson, D., Brunke, S. & Hube, B. (2015). 'Antifungal activity of clotrimazole against Candida albicans depends on carbon sources, growth phase and morphology'. Journal of Medical Microbiology, vol 64, no. 7, pp. 714-723.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1099/jmm.0.000082
  • Wilson, D. (2015). 'An evolutionary perspective on zinc uptake by human fungal pathogens'. Metallomics, vol 7, no. 6, pp. 979-985.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1039/C4MT00331D
    [Online] AURA: c4mt00331d.pdf
  • Wilson, D., Mayer, FL., Miramón, P., Citiulo, F., Slesiona, S., Jacobsen, ID. & Hube, B. (2014). 'Distinct roles of Candida albicans-specific genes in host-pathogen interactions'. Eukaryotic Cell, vol 13, no. 8, pp. 977-989.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1128/EC.00051-14
    [Online] AURA: Wilson_AUG_paper_EC_3_Mar_2014_revision_Figs.pdf
  • Tyc, KM., Kühn, C., Wilson, D. & Klipp, E. (2014). 'Assessing the advantage of morphological changes in Candida albicans: a game theoretical study'. Frontiers in Microbiology, vol 5, 41.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00041
    [Online] AURA: fmicb_05_00041.pdf
  • Mech, F., Wilson, D., Lehnert, T., Hube, B. & Thilo Figge, M. (2014). 'Epithelial invasion outcompetes hypha development during Candida albicans infection as revealed by an image-based systems biology approach'. Cytometry Part A : Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology, vol 85, no. 2, pp. 126-139.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/cyto.a.22418
  • Wilson, D., Hebecker, B., Moyes, DL., Miramón, P., Jablonowski, N., Wisgott, S., Allert, S., Naglik, JR. & Hube, B. (2013). 'Clotrimazole dampens vaginal inflammation and neutrophil infiltration in response to Candida albicans infection'. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol 57, no. 10, pp. 5178-5180.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1128/AAC.01244-13
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