Dr Idnurm did his PhD research (1999-2002) at the University of Melbourne on the main fungal pathogen of canola. He then spent five years at Duke University Medical Center, USA, working on the human pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, investigating mechanisms of virulence and the related topic of mechanisms and evolution of light sensing in the fungi. In 2007 he established his own laboratory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, continuing research on C. neoformans and model fungal species. In 2014 he was recruited back to the University of Melbourne to research on canola diseases. Dr Idnurm career has therefore encompassed the genetic and molecular biology analyses of a number of different fungal species, providing an ability for taking comparative approach across the fungal kingdom.