Amy Piispanen

Assistant Professor of Biology

Amy Piispanen Bio Photo


BS, Biology
Keene State College, 2003

Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, 2011

Phone: (603) 899-4253

Courses Taught
  • Microbiology
  • General Biology
  • Immunology
  • Parasitology
  • Biology of Aging
  • Genetics
Research Interests & Expertise AreasMolecular mechanism of pathogenesis of the human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans.

Publications and Presentations

Grahl, N., Demers, E., Lindsay, A.K., Harty, C.E., Willger, S.D., Piispanen, A.E. , and Hogan, D.A. (2015) Mitochondrial activity and Cyr1 are key regulators of Ras1 activation of C. albicans virulence pathways. PLoS Pathog 11(8): e1005133.doi10.1371/journal.ppat.1005133

Piispanen, A.E., Grahl, N., Hollomon, J.M., Hogan, D.A. (2013) Regulated proteolysis of Candida albicans Ras1 is involved in morphogenesis and quorum sensing regulation. Mol.Micro., 89(1): 166-78.

Lindsay, A.K., Deveau, A., Piispanen, A.E., Hogan, D.A. (2012) Farnesol and cyclic AMP signaling effects on the hypha-to-yeast transition in Candida albicans. Eukaryot.Cell, 11(10): 1219-25.

Piispanen, A.E. and Hogan, D.A., (2012) Candida spp. in Microbial Populations and Communities: Molecular Interactions and Biological Importance. In Candida and Candidiasis. C. J. Clancy and R. A. Calderone (Eds.), (2nd ed., pp: 317-330) Washington, D.C., ASM Press.

Piispanen, A.E., Bonnefoi, O., Carden, S., Deveau, A., Bassilana, M., Hogan, D.A. (2011) The roles of Ras1 localization during Candida albicans hyphal growth and farnesol response. Eukaryot. Cell, 10(11):1473-84.

Deveau, A., Piispanen, A. E., Jackson, A. A., Hogan, D. A. (2010) Farnesol induces hydrogen peroxide resistance in Candida albicans yeast by inhibiting the Ras-cyclic AMP signaling pathway. Eukaryot. Cell, 9(4); 569-77.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Microbiology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • National Science Teachers Association

Conferences Attended

  • American Society of Microbiology Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, June 2016


Grants Received

  • NH-INBRE Pilot Project Grant, "Investigating the role of Ste50 in the morphogenesis and pathogenesis of the human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans"


  • Sigma Zeta Gamma Epsilon, National Sciences and Mathematics Honor Society, Advisor