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Fungal Pathogenesis
Rupinder Kaur
Laboratory of Fungal Pathogenesis
M. Sc. (Biotechnology) - Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Ph. D. - Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh


After obtaining her post-graduate degree in Biotechnology from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in 1993, Rupinder Kaur joined Dr. Anand Bachhawats group at Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh for her Ph.D programme. As a graduate student, she addressed the issue of diverse substrate specificity of multi-drug resistance pump, Pdr5p in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Using a combination of genetic and molecular approaches, she showed that both the efficiency as well as the substrate specificity of Pdr5p is modulated by the altered lipid/sterol composition of the plasma membrane. After the completion of her doctoral thesis work in 1999, Rupinder joined the group of Dr. Tamar Enoch at Harvard Medical School to carry out a genetic and biochemical analysis of cell cycle checkpoints in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. In the fall of 2001, she decided to venture into the field of fungal pathogenesis and joined the lab of Dr. Brendan Cormack at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Here she changed the organism of her choice form fission yeast to a pathogenic yeast Candida glabrata. Using a combination of genetic screens, micro-array and biochemical analysis, she showed that a family of cell surface associated aspartyl proteases is required for virulence of C. glabrata. After returning to India, Dr. Kaur joined CDFD as a staff scientist in Nov., 2006. She was awarded DBTs Innovative Young Biotechnologist award (IYBA) in March, 2007. Her current interests are aimed towards a better understanding of the patho-biology of C. glabrata.
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Email: rkaur<at>cdfd.org.in
Phone: +91-40-24749408
Fax: +91-40-24749448
Last updated on : Tuesday, 17th March, 2009.

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