Nicolas completed his Ph.D. in November of 2014 at Université de Liège in Belgium. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Lutzoni Lab, he will be continuing his evolutionary and taxonomic study of the genus Peltigera. Progressively, he will be transitioning to a project focusing on the evolution of alternative nitrogenases found in cyanolichens, using genomic methods.
Congratulations to Dr. Nicolas Magain for successfully defending his thesis at Université de Liège, Belgium. His dissertation is entitled “Integrating photobiont phylogenetic and geographical data in macroevolutionary studies of lichens: case studies in the Peltigerales.”
Tami McDonald was the recipient of the Mason Hale Award from the International Association for Lichenology (IAL) for the best Ph.D. thesis in lichenology completed between August 1, 2011 and January, 31, 2014. The award was announced at the 10th International Mycological Congress (IMC10) in Bangkok, Thailand. Thesis title: Genomic insights into the evolution and development of the lichen symbiosis: Cladonia grayi as a model lichen.
Ko-Hsuan (Koko) Chen (Ph.D. student) was one of the recipients of the best poster awards at the 10th International Mycological Congress (IMC10), Bangkok, Thailand. The title of her poster was “Phylogenetic analyses of eurotiomyceteous endophytes reveal their close affinities to Chaetothyriales, Eurotiales and a new order – Phaeomoniellales.”
Tami McDonald, who is a Ph.D. alumni of the Lutzoni lab, and currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, accepted a tenure-track, Assistant Professor, position in the Department of Biology at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her starting date at St. Kate’s is August 18, 2014.
May 2015: Congratulations Ester Gaya
Ester Gaya, who has been pursuing postdoctoral research in our lab as part of an NSF funded phylogenetic study of the order Teloschistales, accepted a permanent position as Senior Researcher in Mycology, at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, London, UK. Her starting date at Kew is July 1, 2013
May 2013: Congratulations Ryoko Oono
Ryoko Oono, who is currently pursuing postdoctoral research in our lab as part of the Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (MMPTP), accepted a tenure-track, Assistant Professor, position in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB. Her starting date at UCSB is Jan. 1, 2014.
March 2013: Congratulations Kathryn Picard
Congratulations, Kathryn Picard, for being awarded a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant!
December 2006 – Farewell, Frank Kauff, Postdoctoral Research Associate.
The members of the Lutzoni lab send their best wishes to Frank Kauff, a postdoctoral research associate who has worked with us for four years. He begins a new position on December 15, 2006, as a Junior Professor in Molecular Phylogenetics of lower plants at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Congratulations and good luck to Frank as he moves on to the next stage.
January 2007 – Farewell, Valerie Reeb, Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Research Associate.
It is time to bid farewell to our own Valerie Reeb who has been a member of the Lutzoni lab for many years as a technician, graduate student and a postdoctoral research associate. We would like to congratulate her on obtaining a two year post-doctoral position at the University of Iowa with Debashish Bhattacharya. She will be working on the evolution and phylogeny of microbial eukaryotes. The project, part of an AToL (Assembling the Tree of Life) grant, consists of sequencing 9 genes for 200 taxa in order to elucidate the eukaryotic tree of life and address specific hypotheses regarding eukaryotic evolution. Congratulations and good luck to our first PhD!