Assistant Professor Robert Wheeler Awarded Fellowship from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

Robert Wheeler has just received a five-year, $500,000 fellowship from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF).

The University of Maine Assistant Professor of Microbiology will study how and why  Candida albicans  — the most common human fungal pathogen — transforms from an innocuous yeast in the digestive tract of a person with a healthy immune system to a potentially fatal fungus in vital organs of a person whose immune system has been compromised.