Candida glabrata is a species of the genus Candida, previously known as Torulopsis glabrata. Candida glabrata is pathogenic yeast of increasing medical concern.
C. glabrata is of special relevance in nosocomial infections due to its innately high resistance to antifungal agents, specifically the azoles.
C. glabrata is recognized by a “biofilm” forming on urinary catheters and dentures. Most frequently C. glabrata will colonize in the gut (epithial cells) to begin infecting and then spread out to various mucosal pockets in the body. Only a few species of Candida live in the human body, glabrata being one of the few. C. glabrata is especially prevalent in HIV positive patients due to its pathogenicity to mostly affect the urogenital and bloodstream.