Jeniel Nett

Position title: Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology


Phone: Office: (608) 262-7494, Laboratory: (608) 265-0417

5203 Microbial Sciences Building

Lab Website


1999 BS, University of Wisconsin
2003 MD, University of Wisconsin
2009 PhD, University of Wisconsin

Areas of Study

Fungal Pathogenesis, Immunology

Research Overview

Our laboratory focuses on the host response to biofilm infections, with the goal of devising new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of these common infections. Patients with indwelling medical devices, such as venous catheters, are at risk for invasive disease caused by various fungal and bacterial pathogens. In these patients, organisms adhere to the device surface and proliferate as a biofilm of resilient cells encased in an extracellular matrix. As the host immune system and conventional anti-infectives are often not capable of eradicating biofilms, these infections can have devastating consequences. As a model organism, we study Candida, the most common hospital-acquried fungal pathogen, and how the transition to the biofilm lifestyle protects Candida from immune clearance.


  • 2013, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
  • 2013, UW-Madison Dickie Research Award