Bridget Marie Barker, PhD received her bachelor’s degree in biology and masters of science in ecological genetics from the University of Montana. In 2009 she received her doctorate in genetics at the University of Arizona where she became interested in working on human fungal pathogens, specifically Coccidioides immitis and C.posadasii, the causative agents of coccidioido mycosis, commonly known as Valley Fever. Her postdoctoral work at Montana State University, included transcriptomics to characterize the sterol regulatory element binding protein in Aspergillus fumigatus. She returned to working on Coccidioides spp. with the assistance of an NIH/NIAID K-22 award at TGEN-North. In 2020, she was promoted to associate pProfessor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NAU. Dr. Barker maintains affiliate status and an active collaboration with the Valley Fever Center for Excellence.
This University of Arizona event is sponsored by the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine - Tucson. It is open to the public, particularly community physicians and other interested health-care professionals.