Prof Elaine Bignell PhD

Honorary Chair

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Academic Director of the Manchester Fungal Infection Group (MFIG)

Head of Division: Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine


Elaine Bignell is a Professor of Infection Biology at the University of Manchester (UoM) and Co-Director of the Manchester Fungal Infection Group (MFIG), a multi-million pound venture funded by UoM in 2013 to strengthen understanding of fungal infection biology. EB has > 20 years of experience in molecular genetic manipulation of model and pathogenic fungi and has worked extensively on transcriptional and post-translational regulation of fungal pH signalling. This work contributed directly to a pioneering body of research published in the late 1990s which described, for the first time in fungi, the mechanistic basis of pH-mediated signalling. Since 2000, initially funded as an MRC New Investigator, EB has developed murine models of invasive fungal infections and used them to identify fungal processes critical to mammalian infection, including the first and only in-host transcriptomic profiles of Aspergillus fumigatus pathogenic activities.  Current research programmes include a genome-scale census of pathogenicity factors in Aspergillus fumigatus and effectorsof tissue invasion in A. fumigatus (both funded by the Medical Research Council).


BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (University of East Anglia)

PhD Molecular Genetics (Imperial College London)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

EB is a member of the BBSRC Pool of experts, a founding committee member of the UK Wellcome Trust Strategic Award for Medical Mycology and Immunology, and a member of the Fungal Education and Outreach, and Fungal Biology and Research, Committees of the British Mycological Society.

Member of the British Society for Medical Mycology (BSMM).


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