Kristie Goughenour, Ph.D.

Research Fellow, Internal Medicine - Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


I received my B.A. in microbiology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2014. I then went to Ohio State University where I obtained my PhD in microbiology in 2020. At OSU I was in Chad Rappleye's lab where I studied the fungal pathogen Histoplasma capsulatum.

Research Interests

My current research involved studying the immune response during infection with Cryptococcus. Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii are fungal pathogens that most often impact immunocompromised individuals. I am currently focusing on control of Cryptococcus by the immune system with emphasis on potential therapeutic interventions.


2018/19 Pre-doctoral T32 from CMIB/IDI at OSU
2020 Post-doctoral T32 Multidisciplinary T32 Research Training Program in Lung Disease in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at UM

Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

I enjoy baking and playing games (both board games and video games).