Dr Sara Gago

Research Fellow

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Underlying mechanisms leading to fungal diseases, Manchester Fungal Infection Group

School of Biological Sciences PGT Recruitment Lead

PGT Unit Lead: Grant application writing (MRes Infection Biology), Immunology Research Skills Masterclass (MSc Clinical Immunology), Application of Genomics in Infectious Diseases (MSc Genomic Medicine)


Sara Gago is a Research Fellow in the field of fungal diseases with extensive links in the Infectious Diseases clinical community to facilitate clinical translation of research findings. She has 10 years’ experience in developing experimental models to define host and pathogen factors leading to fungal disease and the molecular tests to detect them. This translational research is globally appreciated as evidenced by contributions to the WHO list of essential medicines, election as vice-president of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM), invitations to present at national and international meetings, consultancy with industry and invitations to editorial boards. As an NC3Rs training fellow she described the first host transcription factor that provides a regulatory defence against fungal colonisation of the respiratory airways. More recently, she has built upon her portfolio of innovative assays to define the role of fungal factors for viral replication within the lung epithelium, which have been pivotal for her appointment as co-infection theme lead in the Manchester Fungal Infection Group (MFIG). 

Her research has continued on an upward trajectory evidenced by high impact publications and awarded grants. Her research outputs have had a significant academic and clinical impact, including contributions to the diagnostics guidelines for chronic pulmonary aspergillosis and transference of rapid diagnostic tests to Infectious Diseases units.


2014 PhD in Biological Sciences, Universidad Complutense, Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Madrid, Spain)

2010 MSc Microbiology and Parasitology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

2009 High Education teaching certificate (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

2008 Bachelor in Biology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Vice-President of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (Since 2018)

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