The ancient origin of fungi and their remarkable diversity, in combination with their streamlined genomes, make the fungal kingdom an excellent model system to study eukaryotic evolution using comparative genomics. The fungal comparative genomics lab will combine theoretical, computational and experimental approaches to gain insights into the relationship between ecological adaptation, genomic structure and gene content variation among closely related fungal species. One key area of focus is to study the plant-fungal interactions of wilt diseases caused by Fusarium oxysporum and Verticillium dahliae.
Comparative fungal genomics: a gateway to understanding genome innovation and organism adaptation.
Niche Adaptation of Plant Vascular Wilt Pathogens
Comparative genomics among fungal wilt pathogens reveals insights into the evolution and niche adaptation of fungal wilt pathogens, and sheds light towards development of novel disease management strategies for combating the destructive wilt diseases.Read more
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Multiple positions are available in studying "Genome evolution using fungal model system Fusarium oxysporum,", "Transcriptional regulatory networks in filamentous fungi", "Discover small RNA in rice blast", and "Comparative study of plant-fungal interactions". If interested in any, please contact us!