Welcome to the Quandt Mycology Lab
We are a mycology lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. Our lab studies fungal evolutionary biology - especially the evolution of host association, the evolution of pathogenicity/ parasitism, and how fungi interact with other microorganisms. Phylogenetics, genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, and molecular community ecology are tools that we are currently using to address these larger interests in fungal biology.
Lots of news in the lab since COVID -19. Here are some highlights:
- Welcome to new lab member and EBIO PhD student, Kyle Schutz. Kyle is going to be taking the lab in a new research direction studying the evolution, origins, and ecology of the yeast, nosocomial, pathogen Candida auris. Welcome to Kyle!
- Summer "meetings": Tina and Alisha presented posters at the Mycological Society of America meeting in July. Beck presented a poster at the American Phytopathological Society Meeting "Plant Health 2020".
- Much popular press love has been given to Arthur and Alisha's review on Nosema (Microsporidia) pathogens of domesticated and native bees worldwide. Check out the PLOS Pathogens paper here.
- Grant funding: Two new grants received funding!! One NSF grant will provide us with funding to study new biodiversity and the systematics of Leotiomycetes with field work sites around the globe. Another USDA grant will enable us to continue and expand our work on bacteria inhibiting Sclerotinia (white mold) rot of Sunflowers.