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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Qinxi Ma

Dr Qinxi Ma

Postdoctoral research fellow

 Geoffrey Pope 328


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK


I am originally from Beijing, China. I did my PhD in Infection Biology at Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research at UCD under supervision of Prof. Geraldine Butler to investigate novel antifungal agents against Candida species. After finishing my PhD, I moved to Belgium in early 2019, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Functional Biology Lab at KU Leuven to decipher the importance of vacuole-mitochondria communication in the yeast models for Parkinson’s disease. I joined the lab of Prof. Alistair Brown in February 2020 as a postdoctoral research fellow to study the molecular mechanisms that mediates Candida albicans adaption to host niches.


PhD in Infection Biology, University College Dublin, Ireland

MSc in Biotechnology, University College Dublin, Ireland

BSc in Bioengineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China


02/2020-present Postdoctoral research fellow, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Exeter, UK

04/2019-01/2020 Postdoctoral researcher, Functional Biology Lab,  KU Leuven, Belgium

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Research interests

I am interested in studying how the pathogen Candida albicans causes deadly infections in humans, with particular focus on the adaption to different environmental stresses of this fungus within the host.

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