Ester Gaya and collaborators published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences one of the core studies she conducted as a postdoctoral researcher in the Lutzoni lab, which was funded by a Fulbright fellowship and NSF.
Gaya, E., Fernández-Brime, S., Vargas, R., Lachlan, R. F., Gueidan, C., Ramírez-Mejía, M., Lutzoni, F. 2015. The adaptive radiation of lichen-forming Teloschistaceae is associated with sunscreening pigments and a bark-to-rock substrate shift. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 11600-11605.
Ko-Hsuan Chen is the recipient of a Graduate Fellowship from the Mycological Society of America (MSA). The MSA Graduate Fellowships are awarded annually to promising graduate students in mycology. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their scholastic merit, research ability and promise shown as a mycologist. Ko-Hsuan officially received this award at the annual meeting of the Mycological Society of America, which took place in Edmonton, Canada, July 25-29, 2015.
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
March 2013: Congratulations Kathryn Picard
Congratulations, Kathryn Picard, for being awarded a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant!