The author, Subhash Kumar Mohan, was born in Punjab, India. He received a graduate degree in integrated medical systems in 1967 and worked in India for five years before emigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1972. He lived briefly in the UK from 1974 to 1976, working in a laboratory performing bacteriological and chemical analyses of drinking water and studying microbiology at the Isleworth Polytechnic Institution in London. Subhash returned to Canada in 1976 to work in a private laboratory and study at the Michener Institute for Medical Technology, completing the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification exam for registered technologists in clinical microbiology in 1977. Subhash moved to Newfoundland, Canada and joined the Charles Curtis Memorial Hospital (CCMH) in St. Anthony, Newfoundland in 1978. He worked at the CCMH for three years, supervising the microbiology department. During his stay at the CCMH, Subhash successfully achieved national certification for registered technologists in immunology in 1980. His first case, “Possible Waterborne Salmonellosis—Newfoundland,” was published in Canada Disease Weekly Report in 1982. Subhash moved back to Toronto to work at Toronto General Hospital in late 1981 (the laboratory would later merge with Mount Sinai Hospital in 2000). He successfully achieved advanced certification in medical microbiology (Advanced Registered Technologist [ART]) from CSMLS in 1988. Subhash has published many articles and abstracts in Canadian and international medical journals. Teaching of the medical technology students, new graduates, staff members, and medical residents is an integral part of his duties in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Subhash has offered live medical mycology workshops, seminars, correspondence courses, and poster presentations across Canada and in the United States and India. After acquiring so much experience on the bench, Subhash had a dream to publish a medical mycology book for clinical microbiology laboratorians. Subhash has taken Hans Gram’s simple stain, which revolutionized the field of bacteriology, into the field of medical mycology for the detection of fungi in the clinical specimens.
The author led the discovery of a new Candida species (Candida subhashii), which he isolated from the peritoneal fluid of a patient with end-stage renal failure. The experts decided to name the isolate in honour of Subhash's extensive work in the field of mycology.