M.S. in Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Pennsylvania State University
PhD. 2023, Stony Brook University
Advisor: Dr. James Konopka


Research Interests

Carla studied aquatic ecology and plant physiology during her undergraduate years. For her Master's thesis research, Carla characterized the Pythium species found in Pennsylvania greenhouse irrigation systems and tested their interactions in disease development. Currently, Carla is a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. James Konopka. Her research interests include understanding the cell biology of eukaryotic organisms. Carla is investigating how a novel plasma membrane domain, the eisosome, regulates cell wall growth in Candida albicans.


Lanze, C.E., Zhou, S., and Konopka, J.B. (2021). The Sur7 cytoplasmic C terminus regulates morphogenesis and stress responses in Candida albicans. Molecular Microbiology, doi 10.1111/mmi.14806.

Lanze, C.E., Gandra, R.M., Foderaro, J., Swenson, K.A., Douglas, L.M., and Konopka, J.B. (2020). Plasma membrane MCC/eisosome domains promote stress resistance in fungi. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 84(4): e00063-19.

Choudhary, C.E., Burgos-Garay, M.L., Moorman, G.W., and Hong, C. (2016). Pythium and Phytopythium species in two Pennsylvania greenhouse irrigation water tanks. Plant Disease 100(5): 926-932. doi: 10.1094/PDIS-07-15-0836-RE. Epub 2016 Feb 24. PMID: 30686146.


Lanze, C. Eisosomes mediate a novel pathway for regulating PI(4,5)P2 in Candida albicans which prevents abnormal cell wall growth. Candida and Candidiasis Meeting, March 21-27, 2021.



Outstanding Poster Award. 2021 Department of Microbiology and Immunology Retreat.

2021 Teresa Haire Award, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stony Brook University