Bridget Barker is a research-intensive associate professor in NAU’s Department of Biological Sciences. Her research focus is the ecology/genomics of human pathogens Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii.
Q. How would you describe your research and why it matters?
A. I study a fungus that causes a disease- the fungus is actually 2 species: Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii. The disease is Coccidioidomycosis, but we use the common name: Valley fever. The disease is often misdiagnosed because symptoms are not specific (e.g. general respiratory flu-like symptoms), which leads to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment More …
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