Using Fungi to Create Medicine

Biology

Professor Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, an MSI PI in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecule Biology, and Biophysics, is profiled on the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) website for her research into disease-fighting compounds. Professor Schmidt-Dannert is investigating compounds found in fungi to discover chemicals with medicinal properties. These compounds can then be studied further to see if they can be used in new drugs. The story can be found on the CBS Connect blog: The Mushroom Cure.

Professor Schmidt-Dannert uses MSI resources for this project and for another project that seeks to engineer more efficient metabolic functions in microbes for biosynthesis.