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Christina Cuomo


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Christina Cuomo, Ph.D.

Christina Cuomo is group leader for the Fungal Genomics Group and associate director in the Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Her group uses genomic methods to characterize the evolution of fungal pathogens. Studying species across the fungal kingdom, her work has led to major insights into the unique features of pathogenic species, how genomes evolve, variation with pathogen populations, and genes involved in host interaction. Her work is highly collaborative, engaging a global network of teams of computational biologists, experimental scientists, clinicians, and field researchers.

As part of her current work, Cuomo leads analysis of a wide diversity of animal pathogens, with the goal of better understanding the genetic basis of pathogenicity and drug resistance. Her areas of focus include Candida (C. albicans and C. auris), Cryptococcus, and the dimorphic fungi.

Cuomo received her A.B. in biology from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University. She joined the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, now part of the Broad Institute, in 2002. She now works in the Broad’s Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program and is a Fellow in the CIFAR Fungal Kingdom Program and in the American Academy of Microbiology.

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March 2020