2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Interdisciplinary

Common Fungal Allergens
Lauren A. Gossett* and Megan B. Harney
Dr. Jose Herrera, Faculty Mentor

Microfungi are eukaryotic organisms that play an important role in our environment, health, and life. Many microfungi produce reproductive structures called spores that detach from the fungal thallus, disperse, and give rise to a new structure. Often, these tiny microfungi spores cause allergic reactions, affecting an individual’s health. This poster shows the spores and sporulating structures of some of these microfungal allergens in hopes that people will better appreciate the importance of microfungi. The first step of this project included culturing many different allergenic microfungi species. Next, their spores and sporulating structures were imaged using a microscopic imaging system and further enhanced with Adobe Photoshop®. Finally the images were creatively arranged on a poster. This poster aims to connect the scientific and artistic communities by aesthetically displaying 14 microfungal allergen images that people from all disciplines can enjoy, appreciate, and learn from

Keywords: Fungal, Microfungi, Allergen, Spore, Poster, Digital Enhancement, Biology, Art

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 26-22
Location: OP Lobby & Atrium
Time: 1:15

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