Center for Medical Mycology

Center for Medical Mycology (CMM) is a unique institutional resource for the study of fungal diseases from the test tube to the patient, which serves as a mycology reference center providing services to clinicians and the pharmaceutical industry. Basic science research is performed, as well as clinically relevant studies in fungal biology. The faculty and staff possess high ethical standards and are committed to being effective, responsible, and accountable.

Research at the Center for Medical Mycology has been devoted to two main research areas:

1) a basic science area focusing on determination of virulence factors and host-parasite interactions responsible for the pathogenesis of Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans infections, and

2) a clinical laboratory area concentrating on development of national standards for reference methods for anti-fungal susceptibility testing (including dermatophytes), and pre-clinical evaluation of anti-fungals under development.

For more information on the Center for Medical Mycololgy, visit the CMM's website at

Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum was awarded the Rhoda Benham Award in Medical Mycology in 2016.  This award is presented to an individual from the Amercas for continuous outstanding or meritorious contributions to medical mycology. 

In 2009 Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum was awarded the Billy Cooper Award of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas. The annual B. Cooper Award is in recognition of an outstanding contributor to the practice of diagnostic clinical mycology. Dr. Ghannoum’s combined strengths in outstanding laboratory research and clinical service distinguished him for this award.

For more information on the Billy Cooper Award and Rhoda Benham Award visit the Medical Mycology Society of the America's website at

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