Natalia Kronbauer de Oliveira

M.S. Molecular Biology, 2019, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Advisor: Bettina Fries
Email: Natalia.Kronbauer de

Research Interests

My major interest is in fungal pathogenesis and antifungal drugs development. My master’s research was focused on drug repurposing as an alternative treatment of cryptococcal meningitis. I’ve been involved in a research project focused on a functional study of calcium transporters in Cryptococcus neoformans pathogenesis.

Honors and Awards



Oliveira, N.K., Bhattacharya, S., Gambhir, R., Joshi, M., and Fries, B.C. (2022). Novel ABC transporter associated with fluconazole resistance in aging of Cryptococcus neoformans. Journal of Fungi 8(7): 677.

Silva, B.K.A., Bhattacharya, S., Oliveira, N.K., Savitt, A.G., Zamith-Miranda, D., Nosanchuk, J.D., and Fries, B.C. (2022). Replicative aging remodels the cell wall and is associated with increased intracellular trafficking in human pathogenic yeasts. mBio 13(1): e0019022.

Bhattacharya, S., Oliveira, N.K., Savitt, A.G., Silva, V.K.A., Krausert, R.B., Ghebrehiwet, B., and Fries, B.C. (2021). Low glucose-mediated fluconazole tolerance in Cryptococcus neoformans. Journal of Fungi 7(6): 489.

Squizani, E.D., Oliveira, N.K., Reuwsaat, J.C.V., Marques, B.M., Lope,s W., Gerber, A.L., et al. (2018). Cryptococcal dissemination to the central nervous system requires the vacuolar calcium transporter Pmc1. Cellular Microbiolology 20(2).

Reuwsaat, J.C.V., Motta, H., Garcia, A.W.A., Vasconcelos, C.B., Marques, B.M., Oliveira, N.K., et al. (2018). A Predicted Mannoprotein Participates in Cryptococcus gattii Capsular Structure. mSphere 3(2):e00023-18.


Joffe, L.S., Kronbauer de Oliveira, N., Normile, T., Doering, T.L., and Del Poeta, M. (2019). Understanding the Role of Cryptococcus Capsule and Sterylglucoside in the Host Protection. Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery 13th Annual Symposium, Oct 10, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

Oliveira, N.K., Squizani, E.D., Reuwsaat, J.C.V., Marques, B.M., Staats, C.C., Vainstein, M.H., and Kmetzsch, L. (2017). Calcium Channel Blockers as Potential Antifungal Drugs Against Cryptococcus neoformans. In: 29º Congresso Brasileiro de Microbiologia, 2017, Foz do Iguaçu. 29º Congresso Brasileiro de Microbiologia (29º Brazilian Conference of Microbiology).