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Dr. Oliver Kurzai is head of the Fungal Septomics research group at the Friedrich-Schiller-University and the Leibniz-Institute for Natural Products Research and Infection Biology (Hans-Knöll-Institute) in Jena. Together with his team of scientists he addresses fundamental principles of invasive fungal infections with a focus on virulence, immunobiology and new diagnostic targets. He is appointed head of the National Reference Center for Invasive Fungal Infections (NRZMyk), serving as a consulting laboratory for hospitals and diagnostic labs all over Germany. Dr. Kurzai received several awards for his research and currently acts as Speaker of the Septomics Research Center Board, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Medical Mycology Case Reports and elected secretary of the German-speaking Mycological Society (DMykG).