The second annual University of Tennessee Fungal Pathogens Group Research Conference was held July 26-28 at the Graduate Oxford Hotel in Oxford, Mississippi. The Fungal Pathogens Group is part of the UT Center of Excellence in Pediatric Experimental Therapeutics (CPET) housed within the College of Pharmacy and includes the laboratories of Drs. Glen Palmer, Brian Peters, Jarrod Fortwendel, and Dave Rogers from UTHSC and of Dr. Todd Reynolds at UTK. Also in attendance were Drs. Scott Moye-Rowley and Andrew Alspaugh who both delivered lectures as the 2017 First Tennessee Distinguished Visiting Professors. Dr. Moye-Rowley is Professor and Executive Associate Head of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa and a leading expert on transcriptional regulation of drug resistance in fungi. Dr. Alspaugh is Professor of Medicine and of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University and a world-renowned expert on the pathogenesis and treatment of opportunistic fungal pathogens.