Ferry Hagen is group leader of the department Medical Mycology at the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (WI-KNAW), Utrecht, The Netherlands. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in 2005, and a year later he started with his PhD project at the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The focus of this research project was the molecular epidemiology of the Cryptococcus gattii species complex, with an emphasis on the outbreaks in temperate climate zones.
In 2011 he received his PhD degree from the Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and directly thereafter he started with a traineeship at the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital to become medical molecular microbiologist. The molecular epidemiology, molecular diagnostics of fungal pathogens, and emerging antifungal resistance are his main interests. He is co-founder of the Young ISHAM, treasurer of the Netherlands Society for Medical Mycology, chair of the Division Microbial Genomics of the Royal Netherlands Society for Microbiology, and member of the Editorial Board of Mycopathologia, Medical Mycology, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, and Revista Iberoamericana de Micología.