Dr. Don Sheppard’s Biosketch
Dr. Sheppard is the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at McGill University, and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology. He is the section head of the Medical Mycology laboratory and practices Clinical Infections Diseases at the McGill University Health Centre. His primary clinical area of interest is human fungal disease, particularly invasive aspergillosis in the immunocompromised host.
Dr. Sheppard obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto, Ontario in 1993. He completed his residency in internal medicine at McGill University in 1997, followed by an infectious disease fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sheppard returned to McGill University to pursue a medical microbiology fellowship. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, California in 2004 before establishing his research laboratory at McGill University.
Dr. Sheppard’s research interests focus on elucidating the mechanisms by which the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus causes human disease. His group has elucidated the molecular mechanism by which Aspergillus adheres to host tissues, and is pursuing antifungal therapies that interfere with this process. His laboratory is funded by research operating grants from the US National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada and the Burroughs Welcome Fund.