2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kelley Healey, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David Perlin at the Public Health Research Institute Center (PHRI) at NJMS, has recently been selected by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Board of Directors to be a 2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow with a grant award of $115,705 to support her research "Elucidating multi-drug resistance in fungal pathogens."

“Fungal infections affect billions of people around the world and lead to 1.5 million deaths annually. Resistance towards the limited number of available antifungals is rising, and the first reports of fungal multi-drug resistance have come from patients with invasive Candida glabrata infections,” said Healey.

Dr. David Perlin, executive director of PHRI, comments, “Dr. Healey is a highly worthy recipient of this prestigious new postdoctoral fellows award.  Her studies on the genetic basis of antifungal drug resistance are transformative and will likely influence clinical strategies to manage patients with life-threatening invasive fungal diseases.”

The Arnold O. Beckman Fellows Award is presented annually to postdoctoral fellows who are judged to have the highest potential for success in a career in chemistry and the life sciences, and who will become the next generation of leaders and innovators in sciences, engineering, and technology.

“The Arnold O. Beckman Foundation postdoctoral fellowship will allow me to address outstanding questions in the field, including why C. glabrata is prone to the development of multi-drug resistance and which underlying cellular mechanisms play a role,” said Healey.