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2019 Emerging Leaders Prize – 2nd place – Dr Tihana Bicanic

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Dr Tihana Bicanic


St George's University of London



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Through our Emerging Leaders Prize we’re looking for scientists on a trajectory to do something unique and special in their field, and that’s undoubtedly the case with our prize-winners.
Angela Hind PhD
Chief Executive of the Medical Research Foundation

Dr Bicanic’s research will focus on the most common cause of fungal sepsis in UK patients, a bloodstream infection called Candidaemia. Through a network of London hospitals, she will study the emergence and mechanism of resistance to commonly used antifungal drugs during treatment of Candidaemia, with the ultimate goal of identifying and testing treatment strategies that will prevent this.

On being awarded second place, Dr Bicanic said:

“This prize is a great honour and supports a key missing link in my research: a bioinformatician to analyse sequenced fungal genomes, which will improve our understanding of the genetic underpinnings of antifungal resistance, and could lead to strategies for earlier detection and better prevention of fungal resistance.”

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