I am a young and early stage investigator with pre- and post-doctoral clinical and research training. I have extensive research experience in the area of fungal genetics and microbiology. My focus area of study is fungal cell walls, which I investigated during my pre- and post-doctoral training programs. My research has made significant contributions to the understanding of cell wall biogenesis in fungi. This work has led to several national and international publications that have been cited by leading scientists. Additionally, I have received several scholarships, awards and fellowships based on my research training. The long term goal of my work is to develop novel antifungal drug targets.