Dee Carter is a Professor in Microbiology and Mycology at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her major specialisation is in pathogenic fungi with interest at the two ends of the infection spectrum: first, in the lives of fungi in the environment and how this intersects with people to cause disease, and second, in what we can do to treat fungal diseases once infection is underway. Fungi are often accidental pathogens that possess attributes that can cross over from surviving in the environment to surviving in a mammalian host, and they frequently have the capacity for very flexible physiological responses that enable them to overcome stress.
he Carter lab analyses these processes using ‘omics technologies along with phenotypic approaches, with a particular emphasis on the globally prevalent yeast pathogen Cryptococcus.In addition to research, Dee Carter teaches undergraduate classes in microbiology and mycology, and heads the Microbiology Cluster within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is past president of the Australasian Mycological Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology.