Dr Aize Pellon has always been interested in microbe-host interactions. He obtained his PhD at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) analysing host immune responses to pathogenic fungi. Then, he moved to CIC bioGUNE (Spain) as a postdoc where he studied immune cells responses to healthy microbiota members.
In this context, Candida albicans is an interesting microbe as it establishes both commensal and pathogenic relations with the host. Dr Pellon’s current work in David Moyes Lab is focused on analysing epithelial cells’ immune responses to C. albicans, applying molecular and cellular biology techniques, as well as multi-omic data sets.