Elena P. Bulgac, Ph.D.

Elena P. Bulgac, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 712
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-6710
Fax: (585) 271-2683

Research Bio

Chromosomes instability of human fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Survival due to specific chromosome rearrangements.

Candida albicans is a unicellular budding fungus that forms part of normal gut or genitalia microflora. In immunocompromized humans, however, C. albicans becomes an important opportunistic pathogen that can cause mortality. C. albicans is unique among other fungal pathogens by having an ability to infect divers sites of human body, including skin, nails, mucosal surfaces, as well as any other tissues or inner organs. In the laboratory, this fungus demonstrates an impressive ability to flourish under extreme pH and temperatures, as well as in other extreme environments. C. albicans possesses an acute ability to counter act the environmental stresses and to mount adequate phenotypic responses.

Recent Journal Articles

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2012 Feb
Ahmad A, Kravets A, Rustchenko E. "Transcriptional regulatory circuitries in the human pathogen Candida albicans involving sense--antisense interactions." Genetics.. 2012 Feb; 190(2):537-47. Epub 2011 Nov 30.
Yang F, Yan TH, Rustchenko E, Gao PH, Wang Y, Yan L, Cao YY, Wang QJ, Ji H, Cao YB, Jiang YY. "High-frequency genetic contents variations in clinical Candida albicans isolates." Biological & pharmaceutical bulletin. 2011 34(5):624-31.
Kravets A, Qin H, Ahmad A, Bethlendy G, Gao Q, Rustchenko E. "Widespread occurrence of dosage compensation in Candida albicans." PloS one. 2010 5(6):e10856. Epub 2010 Jun 11.
Ahmad, A.; Kabir, M. A.; Kravets, A.; Andaluz, E.; Larriba, G.; Rustchenko, E.;. "Chromosome instability and unusual features of some widely used strains of Candida albicans". Yeast. 2008; 25(36): 433-48. Link
Rustchenko, E.;. "Specific chromosome alterations of Candida albicans: mechanisms for adaptation to pathogenicity". Evolutionary biology of bacterial and fungal pathogens. Edited by C. Nombela, G. H. Cassel, F. Baquero and J. A. GutiƩrrez-Fuentes. ASM Press. 2007; : (in press).

Current Appointments

Research Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Genetics | USSR - Non-Medical School1974
MS | Genetics | USSR - Non-Medical School1971