Successful zinc diet for Candida

Congratulations to Volha Skrahina for the prize “Best Elevator Presentation”

| by Sina Gerbach

Volha Skrahina with her Certificate

The British Society for Medical Mycology (BSMM) organised this year for the 53rd time the Annual BSMM Scientific Meeting from 19th to 21st March in Birmingham, U.K. Volha Skrahina was honoured for her discovery of the transcription factor Ssn6 as a novel component in the zinc homeostasis machinery of the human pathogenic fungus Candida albicans. Zinc acquisition and homeostasis are crucial for the fungus and the availability of zinc is recognized as a central factor in infections. Volha works on her PhD thesis in the Department for Microbial Pathogenicity Mechanisms. She convinced the jury with her poster and talk and was evaluated best out of twelve mostly british contributions. [SG]