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  • This is a hybrid event to ensure that our non-London members/audience can join for the talks remotely.
  • Please register to join us online.
  • In-person spaces at the event are offered on a first come, first served basis/in-person places NOW FULL (thank you for all the interest).

The Imperial Fungal Science Network is a hub for the mycology community, providing a leadership, advocacy and communications platform for mycologists and a developmental framework for future leaders in fungal research.

We warmly invite you to attend the Imperial Fungal Science Network – Summer Meeting 2024 taking place on Friday 7th June, 10:00 – 17:00 at 170 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 5HF.  

Researchers interested in the Network can find more information and join the Network via the dedicated website / Follow us @ImperialFungal

Scientific Program


10:00 – 10:10
Introductions & Network overview (Prof. Darius Armstrong-James)

Session 1: Pathogenesis of Fungal Diseases
Session Chairs: Prof. Darius Armstrong-James
, Dr Anand Shah

Keynote Speaker 1

Prof. Julian R. Naglik (Centre for Host Microbiome Interactions, King’s College London)
The peptide toxin candidalysin drives Candida albicans infections

Dr Sudaxshina Murdan (UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London)
Printing medicines directly on fungally-infected nails

Ms Sophie Appleyard & Ms Anna Szabo (Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London)
Mycoviruses in Aspergillus fumigatus and their effects on host sensitivity to anti-fungal drugs

Mr Tahsin Khan (Infectious Diseases Division, icddr,b)
Emergence of the Novel Sixth Candida auris Clade VI in Bangladesh

Dr Danielle Kurtin (Department of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London)
Exploring whether fungi-induced neuroplasticity facilitates personalised noninvasive brain stimulation

Keynote Speaker 2
Dr Steve Templeton (Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University School of Medicine)
Adiponectin, Alveolar Macrophages, and Protection from Invasive Aspergillosis

11:40 – 12:10
Tea & Coffee Break
(30 minutes)


12:10 – 13:15
Session 2: Biotechnology and Engineering
Session Chairs: Dr Claire Stanley, Dr Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro

Keynote Speaker 3
Dr Claire Stanley (Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London)
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Mr Timon Schneider (Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London)
Predicting RNA-seq experiments from DNA sequence

Mr Louis Cohen (Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London)
Insights into the behaviour of Mucoromycotina “fine root endophyte” behaviour using microfluidic technology

Ms Juline Savigny (Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London)
A novel biosensor toolkit to identify metabolic heterogeneity at the single cell level in S. cerevisiae

Dr Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro (Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London)
The Microbial Food Hub

13:15 – 14:30
(75 minutes)


14:30 – 16:55
Session 3: Ecology, Evolution and the Environment
Session Chairs: Prof. Martin Bidartondo, Dr Michalis Barkoulas, Prof. Ioly Kotta-Loizou

Keynote Speaker 4
Dr Irina Druzhinina (Accelerated Taxonomy, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew)
A LITTLE KEY WILL OPEN A LARGE DOOR: the role of fungal surface-active proteins in fungal fitness

Dr Jill Kowal (Ecosystem Stewardship, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew)
Endomycorrhizas and Ecological Restoration

Dr Flavia Pinzari (National Council of Research, Italy; Natural History Museum)
Extreme fungi all around us

Keynote Speaker 5
Prof. Akhtar Ali (The University of Tulsa)
Identification of mycoviruses to control Fusarium wilt of cotton in the southwestern United States

15:40 – 16:10     Tea & Coffee Break                                                                                                                                                                         (30 minutes)


Dr Christine Strullu-Derrien (Science Group, Natural History Museum)
Fungi and fungus-like microorganisms in early environments

Prof. Martin Bidartondo (Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London & Royal Botanic Gardens Kew)
Positive controls for the wood wide web

Keynote Speaker 6
Prof. Nick Talbot (The Sainsbury Laboratory)
Defining the genetic control of infection-associated morphogenesis by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae

Followed by Drinks                                                                                                                                                  


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