Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: WPI Biologist Reeta Rao elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Reeta Rao, a biologist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She studies the biology of fungal diseases, particularly those caused by Candida, a species of fungi responsible for oral thrush, ear infections, and vaginitis, but which is also the leading cause of serious illnesses among hospitalized patients. Treating these life-threatening infections, which have a 30-50 percent mortality rate, costs more than $1 billion annually.