Ferry Hagen

Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Department of Medical Mycology
The Netherlands

Ferry Hagen is group leader of the department Medical Mycology at the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (WI-KNAW), Utrecht, The Netherlands. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in 2005, and a year later he started with his PhD project at the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The focus of this research project was the molecular epidemiology of the Cryptococcus gattii species complex, with an emphasis on the outbreaks in temperate climate zones. In 2011 he received his PhD degree from the Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and directly thereafter he started with a traineeship at the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital to become medical molecular microbiologist. Since 2022 he is appointed as special chair professor ‘Fungal Functional Diversity’ at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam. The molecular epidemiology and molecular diagnostics of fungal pathogens are his main interests. He is co-founder of the Young ISHAM, treasurer of the Netherlands Society for Medical Mycology, and member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Microbiology Reviews, Mycopathologia, Medical Mycology and Revista Iberoamericana de Micología.

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