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 postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, group she joined in 2015. She did her PhD in the Medical Mycology Reference Laboratory in Spain and she was also a student visitor at the California Institute for Medical Research at Stanford University. Although initially trained in the epidemiology of fungal infections and the development of molecular tools for the early diagnosis of severe fungal infections, her longstanding interest about the pathophysiology of fungal disease moved her to join the Manchester Fungal Infection Group to study genetic susceptibility factors of the host leading to chronic colonization of the upper airways in fungal disease. She has received research support from the Spanish National Health Institute, the Fungal Infection Trust, Pfizer, the The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust and NC3Rs (Training Fellowship).

Her current research interests include:

  • Genetic susceptibility factors to fungal diseases
  • Undestanding the mechanisms of new risk factors for the development of fungal diseases
  • Cell - cell communication during host - pathogen interaction
  • Diagnostics



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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