Microbes & Biology Project

Researchers Involved: Larry Johnson, Erin M. Gaab, Javier Sanchez, Phuong Q. Bui, Clarissa J. Nobile, Katrina K. Hoyer, David M. Ojcius

Community Organizations Involved: UCSF-Fresno, Michael W. Peterson, M.D.

Process: Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii contribute to the development of valley fever. The ability of these fungal pathogens to evade the host immune system creates difficulty in recognition and treatment of this debilitating infection. In this review, a biology Ph.D. student, a health psychologist, two undergraduate biology students, three professors of different biological disciplinary backgrounds and a medical doctor work together to describe the current knowledge of valley fever and approaches to improve prevention, detection and treatment.

Valley Fever Advocacy: For network meetings, press releases, etc., visit our valley fever website