BSc (Hons) Genetics; PhD (Microbiology); PGCE (Higher Education Teaching); FHEA; FRSB
Aberdeen Fungal Group
Institute of Medical Sciences (Office 4.21)
University of Aberdeen
Current PhD students
PhD students Helen Heaney, Dora Corzo Leon, Ambre Chapuis, Stylianos Simantirakis, Dan Larcombe
- BSc Genetics (Honours)1994 - University of AberdeenFirst Class
- PhD Microbiology1999 - University of AberdeenmRNA differential display to investigate yeast-hypha dimorphism in Candida albicans
- PGCert Higher Education Teaching and Learning2004 - University of Aberdeen
- FHEA Education2007 - Higher Education Academy
- FRSB Biology2013 - Royal Society of Biology
Memberships and Affiliations
Malassezia sympodialis Mala s 1 allergen is a potential KELCH protein that cross reacts with human skinFEMS Yeast ResearchContributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/femsyr/foad028
A Human Ex Vivo Skin Model to Study Candida auris BiofilmsMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), vol. 2517, pp. 259-267Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-2417-3_21
Mouse Gastrointestinal Colonization Model for Candida aurisMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), vol. 2517, pp. 329-340Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-2417-3_26
Blocking Polyphosphate Mobilization Inhibits Pho4 Activation and Virulence in the Pathogen Candida albicansmBio, vol. 13, no. 3, e00342-22Contributions to Journals: Articles
Skin deep: modelling fungal skin infectionsCatalyst MagazineContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Prizes and Awards
Honorary membership of the British Society for Medical Mycology (year)
Principal's Prize for Public Engagement (Public Prize) (year)
My research has centred on investigating fungal pathogenesis and virulence, focussing mainly on the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans and mouse models of infection. It also addresses the 3Rs: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animals in research, refining infection models and developing new ways to follow infection in animals.
Initially, my research focussed on investigating pathogenesis from the fungal perspective, using experimental infection models to assay the contribution of fungal gene products in virulence. I have also used microarray analyses to compare gene expression in known virulent and attenuated C. albicans clinical isolates, demonstrating that there are few differences under laboratory conditions (Eukaryotic Cell, 2009).
More recently, my research has extended into examining host responses, particularly immune responses, during infection in mice. By examining host responses to different C. albicans clinical isolates, I have demonstrated that low virulence isolates stimulate a lower innate immune response than more virulent isolates and that it is the early host response that determines infection outcome (PLoS One, 2009). A study to determine the early renal transcriptional response during progressive C. albicans infection confirmed the massive induction of innate immune responses (FEMS Yeast Research, 2009).
My major goal is to gain a better understanding of the factors leading to susceptibility to opportunistic fungal infections and to identify crucial events occurring during infection development, which could potentially allow identification of novel clinical management or therapeutic strategies for these infections.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Biomedical Sciences.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- Medical Sciences
- Animal Science
Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.
Dr Donna MacCallum is very active in public engagement.
She has contributed school workshops, public lectures and family activities at the University of Aberdeen May Festival for each of the four years that the festival has run (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/).
She is a registered STEM ambassador (http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors/) and has carried out science workshops in schools. Most recently, she was successful in obtaining a Royal Society Partnership grant with Ms Amanda Kirk of Gilcomstoun Primary School, Aberdeen to carry out a resarch project to investigate whether household cleaners are effective again fungi (2016) (https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/partnership-grants/). She was also able to contribute towards Gilcomstoun Primary School's science activities, which contributed to their successful Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award application (2016).
Dr MacCallum was also awarded one of the first National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) public engagement awards (2016) to talk about how the University of Aberdeen are addressing the 3Rs in their life science research at Doors Open Day 2016 in the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen.
Dr MacCallum was also successful in being awarded the first Microbiology Society Microbiology in Society Awards (2016) in collaboration with University of Aberdeen Public Engagement Unit (PERU) and Aberdeen Science Centre to produce a new exhibit to explore the human gut microbiota.
Dr MacCallum has also been awarded a Microbiology Society Public Engagement Award (2010) to carry out "germ busting" with nursery children, where the children were shown effective handwashing and their technique was evaluated using UV lamps and fluorescent hand cream.
Dr MacCallum recently also designed and ran a Kids Zone workshop for the Killer Fungus exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London (2016) (https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/summer-science-exhibition/).
She will be taking part in Explorathon 2016 at the Aberdeen Science Centre, explaining the resarch carried out in the Aberdeen Fungal Group at the Kingdom of Fungi exhibit (http://www.explorathon.co.uk/aberdeen/asc).
- Ms. Hazel Bell (Technician)
Current PhD Students
PhD students: Helen Heaney, Dora Corzo Leon, Ambre Chapuis, Stelmos Simantirakis, Dan Larcombe at the Human Fungal Pathogen course in Nice, France.
- Mr Stylianos Simantirakis
- Ms Helen Heaney (Co-supervised by Dr Alan Walker and University of Exeter's Professor Al Brown)
- Mr Dan Larcombe (Co-supervised by University of Exeter's Professor Al Brown)
Completed PhD Students
- Dr Simon Vautier (co-supervised with Professor Gordon Brown) (2013)
- Dr Edina Szabo (primary supervisor) (2014)
- Dr Shane Smith (co-supervised with Dr Carol Munro) (2014)
- Dr Beatrice Achen (Main Supervisor: Professor Janet Quinn, Newcastle University) ()
- Dr Chibuike Ibe (Main supervisor: Professor Carol Munro) (2019)
- Dr Prashant Sood (Main supervisor: Professor Al Brown)
- Dr Ambre Chapuis (co-supervisor Dr Liz Ballou) (2020)
- Dr Dora Corzo Leon (co-supervisor Dr Carol Munro) (2020)
- Postgraduate, 3 stage, September start
- Postgraduate, 3 stage, January start
Postgraduate Teaching Academic Lead for the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
- MSc Microbiology Programme Coordinator (September and January start)
Undergraduate Teaching (lecturing)
- MC3504 Molecular Microbiology
- IM3502 Applied Immunology - Human Health
- Honours Immunology
- Honours Microbiology
- Honours Project Supervisor
Research Project Supervision
- BSc Honours project supervisor
- MSc/MRes Research Project supervisor
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
Pastoral support for MSc students
University of Aberdeen Postgraduate Taught committee
University of Aberdeen Directors of Teaching and Learning Group
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Cytokine Measurement Using Cytometric Bead ArraysHost-Fungus Interactions. Brand, A. C., MacCallum, D. M. (eds.). Humana Press, pp. 425-434, 10 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-61779-539-8_29
Hosting Infection: Experimental Models to Assay Candida VirulenceInternational Journal of Microbiology, vol. 2012, 363764Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/363764
- [OPEN ACCESS] http://aura.abdn.ac.uk/bitstream/2164/2900/1/Hosting_infection.pdf
Mouse Intravenous Challenge Models and ApplicationsHost-Fungus Interactions. Brand, A. C., MacCallum, D. M. (eds.). Humana Press, pp. 499-509, 11 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-61779-539-8_35
MAPKKK-Independent regulation of the Hog1 stress activated protein kinase in Candida albicansThe Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 286, pp. 42002-42016Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M111.265231
Identification of a novel response regulator, Crr1, that is required for hydrogen peroxide resistance in Candida albicansPloS ONE, vol. 6, no. 12, e27979Contributions to Journals: Articles
Candida albicans induces the expansion of regulatory helper T cells in healthy humansImmunology, vol. 135, no. Suppl. 1, pp. 157Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2567.2011.03534.x
Candida albicans promotes the differentiation of induced CD4(+) CD25(+) Foxp3(+) regulatory T cellsImmunology, vol. 135, no. Suppl. 1, pp. 161Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
Differential regulation of kidney and spleen cytokine responses in mice infected with a Candida albicans mannosylation mutantMycoses, vol. 54, no. Suppl. 2, pp. 114Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
Wild-type Drosophila melanogaster as an alternative model system for investigating the pathogenicity of Candida albicansDisease Models & Mechanisms, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 504-514Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] http://dmm.biologists.org/content/4/4/504.long
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1242/dmm.006619
Activation of the heat shock transcription factor Hsf1 is essential for the full virulence of the fungal pathogen Candida albicansFungal Genetics and Biology, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 297-305Contributions to Journals: Articles
Molecular and proteomic analyses highlight the importance of ubiquitination for the stress resistance, metabolic adaptation, morphogenetic regulation and virulence of Candida albicansMolecular Microbiology, vol. 79, no. 6, pp. 1574-1593Contributions to Journals: Articles
Differential Regulation of Kidney and Spleen Cytokine Responses in Mice Challenged with Pathology-Standardized Doses of Candida albicans Mannosylation MutantsInfection and Immunity, vol. 79, no. 1, pp. 146-152Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] http://iai.asm.org/content/79/1/146.full
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/IAI.01004-10
A three day mouse model of Candida albicans infection outcomeMycoses, vol. 54, no. Suppl. 2, pp. 112Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
CO2 acts as a signalling molecule in populations of the fungal pathogen Candida albicansPLoS Pathogens, vol. 6, no. 11, e1001193Contributions to Journals: Articles
Thioredoxin regulates multiple hydrogen peroxide-induced signaling pathways in Candida albicansMolecular and Cellular Biology, vol. 30, no. 19, pp. 4550-4563Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/MCB.00313-10
a multicenter collaborative study for the standardization of Candida albicans genotyping using a polymorphic microsatellite markerJournal of Clinical Microbiology, vol. 48, no. 7, pp. 2578-2581Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00040-10
Genetic dissection of azole resistance mechanisms in Candida albicansand their validation in a mouse model of disseminated infectionAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 1476-1483Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.01645-09
Functional specialization and differential regulation of short-chain carboxylic acid transporters in the pathogen Candida albicansMolecular Microbiology, vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 1337-1354Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2958.2009.07003.x
- [OPEN ACCESS] http://aura.abdn.ac.uk/bitstream/2164/2754/1/Vieira_2009.pdf
Comparative transcript profiling of Candida albicans and Candida dubliniensis identifies SFL2, a C. albicans gene required for virulence in a reconstituted epithelial infection modelEukaryotic Cell, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 251-265Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/EC.00291-09
Candida infections and modelling diseasePathogenic Yeasts. Ashbee, R., Bignell, E. (eds.). 1 edition. Springer-Verlag, pp. 41-67, 17 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-03150-2_3
Massive induction of innate immune response to Candida albicans in the kidney in a murine intravenous challenge modelFEMS Yeast Research, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 1111-1122Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1567-1364.2009.00576.x
Genome-wide gene expression profiling and a forward genetic screen show that differential expression of the sodium ion transporter Ena21 contributes to the differential tolerance of Candida albicans and Candida dubliniensis to osmotic stressMolecular Microbiology, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 216-228Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2958.2009.06640.x
Genome-wide analysis of Candida albicans gene expression patterns during infection of the mammalian kidneyFungal Genetics and Biology, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 210-219Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fgb.2008.10.012
- [OPEN ACCESS] http://aura.abdn.ac.uk/bitstream/2164/9503/2/1_s2.0_S1087184508002296_main.pdf
- [OPEN ACCESS] http://aura.abdn.ac.uk/bitstream/2164/9503/1/Genome_wide_analysis_of_Candida_albicans_gene_expression_patterns_during_infection_of_the_mammalian_kidney.pdf
Carnitine-dependent transport of acetyl coenzyme A in Candida albicans is essential for growth on nonfermentable carbon sources and contributes to biofilm formationEukaryotic Cell, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 610-618Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/EC.00017-08
Candida albicans GRX2, encoding a putative glutaredoxin, is required for virulence in a murine modelGenetics and Molecular Research, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 1051-1063Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] https://geneticsmr.com/articles/427
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