Center for Medical Mycology

Overview of Services

Research at the Center for Medical Mycology (CMM) is devoted to the following main areas:

  1. Characterization of the oral mycobiome and its relevance to oral and intestinal health
  2. Characterization of fungal biofilms and treatment options
  3. Determination of virulence factors responsible for the pathogenesis of fungi including dermatophytes, Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus and other systemic and opportunistic fungal pathogens
  4. Determination of the mechanism of action of different antifungal agents
  5. Molecular identification of organisms
  6. Bioinformatics services
  7. Pre-clinical studies of novel antifungals, including in vitro and in vivo testing using reference isolates from an extensive culture collection
  8. Central laboratory mycology services for national and international clinical trials

Of particular relevance in the clinical laboratory area are the microdilution methods we developed for determining the susceptibility of Cryptococcus neoformans and dermatophytes. We have shown that these methods are reproducible, easy to perform, and have both intra- and inter-laboratory agreement. Critically, we demonstrated that cryptococcal susceptibility to fluconazole is an important predictor of treatment success for patients with acute AIDS-associated cryptococcal meningitis. These methods have been adopted as part of the CLSI Reference Methods for Antifungal Susceptibility Testing.

Strong support for these research efforts are drawn from different sources including the established faculty of the Department of Dermatology, associated researchers, and newly appointed faculty of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University. Existing faculty provide a wealth of expertise in clinical studies, pharmacology, immunology and molecular biology of the skin and skin diseases, and medical mycology. The presence of faculty with a wide array of multi-disciplinary expertise allows for addressing research issues from different angles.


Location and hours of operation

Hours CMM Location Microbiome Location

Monday - Friday

8am - 5pm

11100 Euclid Avenue

Bulding: Wearn, Room: 319

Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5028

2109 Adelbert Rd.

Buliding: BRB, Room: 539

Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Lisa Long
Core Manager
Wearn Rm. 303
Mahmoud Ghannoum
Core Director
Wearn Rm. 311
Fatima Abidi
Staff-Clinical Studies
Wearn Rm. 319
Mauricio Retuerto
Staff-Microbiome Studies
BRB Rm. 539