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UTSA microbiology professor named president of international medical society
September 2, 2011

San Antonio Business Journal

The University of Texas at San Antonio microbiologist Jose L. Lopez-Ribot has been elected to serve as the 2012 president of the Medical Mycology Society of the Americas.

Medical mycology is the study of fungal organisms that cause infectious diseases. Lopez-Ribot's research focuses on understanding and preventing the spread of Candida albicans, commonly associated with superficial yeast infections and is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections in the United States. This particular fungus is fatal in 30 to 50 percent of patients with compromised immune systems. The fungus forms biofilms on catheters and other medical devices. These biofilms give the fungus a safe place to grow and spread, making infections extremely difficult to treat.

"The Medical Mycology Society of the Americas brings together microbiologists from North, Central and South America in a forum that allows them to share knowledge, develop professionally and establish new international research collaborations," says Lopez-Ribot. "I am privileged to have the opportunity to serve this organization, which represents many of the best medical mycologists in the world."

Lopez-Ribot is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, 14 books or book chapters, and more than 200 abstracts for meetings. He is a professor of microbiology in the UTSA College of Sciences and associate director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.


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