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VMS Meeting Nov 8 — Kabir Bhalla: Of Maize and Men
November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Of Maize and Men: How do fungal pathogens such as Ustilago maydis and Cryptococcus neoformans cause disease?
Kabir Bhalla (he/him) is a graduate student in the Kronstad Lab at UBC. He is particularly interested in polyphosphate, a phosphorus biopolymer, and how it contributes to disease in the pathogenic basidiomycete yeast, Cryptococcus neoformans.
7 pm: Doors and Mushroom Mingling
Come at 7 pm to secure a good seat and chat about mushrooms with our experts who will identify specimens. Be sure to check out what fungal finds are on the table (and bring your own!)
7:30 – 9:30: Guest Talk
Bhalla will be presenting a broad overview of C. neoformans and U. maydis, their disease mechanisms, and some recent work from the Kronstad Lab at the University of British Columbia.
Join us in person at VanDusen Gardens (Floral Hall). Members may attend the presentation via Zoom.
This would be a hybrid meeting, meaning those who cannot attend in person can join us live through Zoom and there will be a Zoom recording in our members’ archive.