Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Anti-fungal resistance
  • Genome biology
  • Microbial ecology

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Professional Career
since 2020 Head, junior research group Fungal Informatics, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute
2016-2020 Postdoctoral fellow, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute and University of Würzburg
2016 PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
2010-2016 PhD candidate, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
2007-2009 Associate research specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2006 BS, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Awards · Appointments · Scientific Activities
since 2020 Member, Scientific Network for Anti-fungal Resistance (SNAFR)
since 2020 Junior research group funded by the Excellence Cluster Balance of the Microverse
2019 Skype a Scientist
2018 International Society for Human and Animal Mycology Attendance Grant
2017 European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) Young Investigator Award
2015 ASM Richard and Mary Finkelstein Travel Award
2015 University of Utah Graduate School Travel Award
2014-2015 Instructor, Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE), Utah State Prison and Salt Lake County Jail
2012-2015 Academic Misconduct Committee in Graduate Biosciences, University of Utah
2012-2014 T-32 Microbial Pathogenesis Doctoral Training Grant funded by NIAID
2012 University of Utah Alma Mater Travel Award


Barber AE*, Sae-Ong T*, Kang K, Seelbinder S, Li J, Walther G, Panagiotou G# & Kurzai O# (2021) Aspergillus fumigatus pan-genome analysis identifies genetic variants associated with human infection Nat Microbiol 6, 1526-1536.
Barber AE, Riedel J, Sae-Ong T, Kang K, Brabetz W, Panagiotou G, Deising HB, Kurzai O (2020) Effects of agricultural fungicide use on Aspergillus fumigatus abundance, antifungal susceptibility, and population structure. mBio 11(6), e02213-20.
Barber AE, Scheufen S, Walther G, Kurzai O, Schmidt V (2020) Low rate of azole resistance in cases of avian aspergillosis in Germany. Med Mycol 58(8), 1187-1190.
Barber AE*, Weber M, Kaerger K, Linde J, Gölz H, Duerschmied D, Markert A, Guthke R, Walther G, Kurzai O (2019) Comparative genomics of serial Candida glabrata isolates and the rapid acquisition of echinocandin resistance during therapy. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 63(2), e01628-18.
Hamprecht A, Barber AE, Mellinghoff SC, Thelen P, Walther G, Yu Y, Neurgaonkar P, Dandekar T, Cornely OA, Martin R, Kurzai O (2019) Candida auris in germany and previous exposure to foreign healthcare. Emerg Infect Dis 25(9), 1763-1765.