Associate Professor Dee Carter

Associate Professor; Head of Microbiology
Biochemistry, School of Molecular Bioscience

G08 - Biochemistry Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 5383
F: 9351 4571

Research interests

Work in the Carter lab centres on the use of genetic markers and molecular techniques to uncover the natural life histories of lower eukaryotic organisms. We are particularly interested in investigating the population structure of these organisms and assessing their potential to undergo genetic reassortment, as this can lead to an increased ability to adapt to adverse challenges. The organisms we are currently most interested in are fungal pathogens of humans (Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii) and algae that live in symbiotic associations with corals (the "zooxanthellae" and the newly discovered symbiont Chromera velia).

We have developed a computer program called Magellan to scan genomes for microsatellite motifs, which can be used in epidemiology and population analyses. To download Magellan, click here.

Our other area of interest is to use proteomic analysis to explore the host-pathogen relationship during fungal infection. The long term aim of this work is to develop novel antifungal therapies, which are currently extremely limited.

Current national competitive grants*


Novel antifungal strategies using drug response networks
Carter D, Wilkins M, Chen S
NHMRC Project Grants ($467,234 over 3 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

International links

United States. (Duke University) Collaborate with the Heitman Laboratory on the population genetics of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii.
Vietnam. (Pasteur Institute) Collaboration with Dr Jeremy Day on pathogenesis and epidemiology of Cryptococcus.
United States. (University of Wiscosin at Maddison) Collaboration with Associate Professor Christina Hull on pathogenesis of Cryptococcus.
Nigeria. (Fos University) Collaboration with Emmanuel Nnadi on Cryptococcus epidemiology in Africa.