Amelia E. Barber

Genomics & Resistance of Fungal Pathogens

Curriculum Vitae

last updated: November 1, 2019

A pdf version of my complete CV can be found here

Research Support and Awards
Academic Teaching Experience
Scientific Outreach
Spoken Languages


Amelia E. Barber
Email: amelia.barber[at]
Citizenship: USA
Permenant Residency: Germany


PhD, University of Utah (2016)
Microbiology and Immunology
+ “Zebrafish reveal variable effects of Escherichia coli during sepsis”
+ Advisor: Matthew Mulvey

BS, University of Wisconin-Madison (2006)
Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Women’s Studies


Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-present)
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute. Jena, Germany.
Institute of Hygiene and Microbiology, University of Würzburg. Würzburg, Germany.
+ Research group of Oliver Kurzai

PhD Candidate (2009-2016)
University of Utah, Department of Pathology. Salt Lake City, UT.
+ Research group of Matthew Mulvey

Research Specialist (2007-2009)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Neurology. Madison, WI.
+ Research group of Clive Svendsen

Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant (2005-2007)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Entomology. Madison, WI.
+ Research group of Ken Raffa

Undergraduate Research Assistant (2004-2005)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing. Madison, WI.
+ Research group of Barbara St. Pierre Schneider

Reseach Support and Awards

2018. International Society for Human and Animal Mycology Attendance Grant
2017. European Confederation of Medical Mycology Young Investigators Travel Award
2015. University of Utah Microbial Pathogenesis Poster Competition, 1st place
2015. ASM Richard and Mary Finkelstein Travel Award
2012-2014. NIAID T-32 Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant
2015. University of Utah Graduate School Travel Award
2012. University of Utah Alma Mater Travel Award
2011. University of Utah Bioscience Symposium Poster Competition Winner


Hamprecht A, Barber AE, Mellinghoff SC, Thelen P, Walther G, Yu Y, Neurgaonkar P, Dandekar T, Cornely OA, Martin R, Kurzai O. Occurence of Candida auris in Germany is linked to prior exposure to foreign healthcare. 2019. Emerging Infectious Diseases. Sept;25(9).

Barber AE, Weber M, Kaerger K, Goelz H, Walther G, Linde J, Duerschmidt D, Markert A, Guthke R, Kurzai O. Comparative genomics of serial Candida glabrata isolates and the rapid acquisition of echinocandin resistance during therapy. 2019. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy. Jan;63(2).

Kjelstrüp CK, Barber AE, Norton JP, Mulvey MA, L’Abee-Lund TM. Escherichia coli O78 isolated from septicemic lambs shows high pathogenicity in a zebrafish model. 2017. Veterinary Research. Jan;48(1):3.

Barber AE, Fleming BA, Mulvey MA. Similarly Lethal Strains of Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli Trigger Markedly Diverse Host Responses in a Zebrafish Model of Sepsis. 2016. mSphere. Apr;1(2). Featured on Episode 126 of the ASM Podcast “This Week in Microbiology”

Barber AE, Norton JP, Wiles TJ, Mulvey MA. Strengths and Limitations of Model Systems for the Study of Urinary Tract Infections. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews. 2016. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews. Mar;80(2):351-67.

Barber AE, Norton JP, Spivak AM, Mulvey MA. Urinary Tract Infections: Current and Emerging Management Strategies. 2013. Clinical Infectious Diseases. Sept;57(5):719-24. >160 citations

Debnath I., Norton JP, Barber AE, Ott EM, Dhakal BK, Kulesus RR, Mulvey MA. The Cpx Stress Response System Potentiates the Fitness and Virulence of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli. 2013. Infection & Immunity. May;81(5):1450-9

Ebert AD, Barber AE, Heins BM, Svendsen CN. Ex vivo Delivery of GDNF Maintains Motor Function and Prevents Neuronal Loss in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Huntington’s disease. 2010. Experimental Neurology. Jul;224(1):155-62.

Ebert AD, Beres AJ, Barber AE, Svendsen CN. Human Neural Progenitor Cells Over-expressing IGF-1 Protect Dopamine Neurons and Restore Function in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease. 2008. Experimental Neurology. Jan;209(1):213-223. >140 citations

Academic Teaching Experience

2014. Lecturer. University of Utah. Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis.
2013. Teaching assistant. University of Utah. Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis.
2012. Teaching assistant. University of Utah. Introduction to Medical Microbiology.

Scientific Outreach

2019. Skype a Scientist
2014-15. Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE).
2014. University of Utah Educational Outreach Program
2013. Explore Utah Science

Spoken Languages

English (Native proficiency)
German (telc Zertificate B1/limited working proficiency)