Kerstin Voelz


Research interests

Fungal Pathogens

Innate Immune System


Host-Pathogen Interactions



Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

    Macrophage–cryptococcus interactions during cryptococcosis

  • Master of Biological Science, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

Professional Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, PCAP


Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Kerstin Voelz investigates how fungal pathogens circumvent and hijack innate immune responses to establish disease using a zebrafish larval model. In particular she aims to decode how fungi initiate spore germination, why the immune system sometimes fails to inhibit this process and how this can be prevented.

Dr Voelz is always interested to speak to individuals that are enthusiastic about research and who might wish to join the lab as a PhD student.