Spring Biomedical Lecture to Discuss Public Health Mycology          

Dr. Mary E. Brandt ’76 from the Centers for Disease Control to Speak 

Release Date:  Wednesday, April 21, 2010  

Dr. Mary Brandt ’76, chief of the Mycotic Diseases Branch of the Division of Food borne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases at the at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present the lecture, “The Fungus Among Us: An Introduction to Public Health Mycology” on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall.  


In her lecture, Dr. Brandt will discuss prominent medically important fungi and the role of the CDC in prevention and control of their associated diseases.  


A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Brandt received her undergraduate degree from Chestnut Hill College in 1976, a master’s degree in clinical microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University, and her doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Temple University School of Medicine, where she was mentored by Drs. Kenneth and Dianne Soprano. After a postdoctoral fellowship, she joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1991, where she introduced DNA-based methods for detecting and identifying medically important fungi and performed applied research in molecular epidemiology. In 2006, she was appointed chief of the Mycotic Diseases Branch, where today she directs 20 staff and 10 fellows in a program dedicated to the prevention and controlof fungal infections. She also spends time in the fungus identification laboratory and reviews and edits scientific papers, journals and textbooks related to medical mycology. 


The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contactDr. Lakshmi Atchison at latchiso@chc.edu or call 215.248.7159