Undergraduate education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, 2008

Years in MSTP



Cellular and molecular biology, 2014


David Andes, PhD

Thesis title

Transcriptional Regulation of the Carbohydrate Fraction of the Candida albicans Extracellular Matrix


Pediatrics, University of Chicago, 2016-2019


Medical Education, Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois – Chicago, College of Medicine, 2019-2020

Current position

Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois – Chicago, College of Medicine

PhD publications

Taff HT, Marchillo K, Andes DR. Preparation of Candida albicans Biofilms Using an in vivo Rat Central Venous Catheter Model. Bio Protoc. 2013 Jul 20;3(14). pii: e823. PMID: 25927075; PMCID: PMC4410387.

Taff HT, Andes DR. Preparation of Candida albicans Biofilms for Transmission Electron Microscopy. Bio Protoc. 2013 Jul 20;3(14). pii: e822. PMID: 25927074; PMCID: PMC4410386.

Mitchell KF, Taff HT, Cuevas MA, Reinicke EL, Sanchez H, Andes DR. Role of Matrix β-1,3 Glucan in Antifungal Resistance of Non-albicans Candida Biofilms. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013 Apr;57(4):1918-20. PMID: 23318790; PMCID: PMC3623361.

Taff HT, Nett JE, Zarnowski R, Ross KM, Sanchez H, Cain MT, Hamaker J, Mitchell AP, Andes DR. A Candida biofilm-induced pathway for matrix glucan delivery: implications for drug resistance. PLoS Pathog. 2012 Aug;8(8):e1002848. PMID: 22876186; PMCID: PMC3410897.

Finkel JS, Xu W, Huang D, Hill EM, Desai JV, Woolford CA, Nett JE, Taff H, Norice CT, Andes DR, Lanni F, Mitchell AP. Portrait of Candida albicans adherence regulators. PLoS Pathog. 2012 Feb;8(2):e1002525. PMID: 22359502; PMCID: PMC3280983.

Taff HT, Nett JE, Andes DR. Comparative analysis of Candida biofilm quantitation assays. Med Mycol. 2012 Feb;50(2):214-8. PMID: 21539503; PMCID: PMC3251704.

Taff HT, Mitchell KF, Edward JA, Andes DR. Mechanisms of Candida biofilm drug resistance. Future Microbiol. 2013 Oct;8:1325-37. PMID: 24059922; PMCID: PMC3859465.

Holland LM, Schröder MS, Turner SA, Taff H, Andes D, Grózer Z, Gácser A, Ames L, Haynes K, Higgins DG, Butler G. Comparative Phenotypic Analysis of the Major Fungal Pathogens Candida parapsilosis and Candida albicans. PLoS Pathog. 2014 Sep 18;10(9):e1004365. PMID: 25233198; PMCID: PMC4169492.