Dr. Gerald Bills’ research combines fungal discovery with the application of molecular-based taxonomic methods that have transformed the field of fungal pharmacology. Bills received his Ph.D. under Orson K. Miller at Virginia Tech in 1985. Dr. Bills is a world-class authority on fungal diversity who has published over 140 articles, as well as numerous patents on fungi and natural products including several antifungal compounds. Bills is a coauthor of the famous “Red Book” entitled Fungi on Plants and Plant Products (1987), which is still used all over North America to identify plant hosts and their fungi. For 20+ years he was Research Fellow and later Head of Fungal Biology at Merck, Shapre and Dohme. Today he is an assistant professor the University of Texas at Austin, where he is able to harness genomics information together with knowledge of fungal diversity to discover new targets for antifungal agents.
Gerald Bills, PhD, Texas Therapeutics Institute
The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine The University of Texas Health Science Center
Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:00am, 001 MSRB
Title: Why do fungi make so many antifungals? 25 years of antifungal discovery