Coming up on Jason Stajich (aka @hyphaltip) #fungi #genomics

Upcoming seminar on Phyloseminar.Org

Jason Stajich speaks Wednesday, June 29th at noon PST on “Fungal phylogenomics: Getting lost in the moldy forest.”
Fungi occupy diverse ecological niches in roles from nutrient cycling in rainforest floors to aggressive plant and animal pathogens. Molecular phylogenetics has helped resolve many of branches on the Fungal tree of life and enabling studies of evolution across this diverse kingdom. The genome sequences from hundreds of fungi now permit the study of change in genes and gene content in this phylogenetic context and to connect molecular evolution with adaptation to ecological niches or changes in lifestyles. I will describe our work in studies contrasting pathogenic and non-pathogenic fungi and efforts to unravel the evolution of multicellularity in fungi comparing unicellular basal fungi with multicellular mushrooms and molds.
The development of tools for data mining and use of fungal genomics is also driving the pace of molecular biology and genetics of fungi. I will highlight new approaches to make this easier and the ways data integration can inform and transform studies of functional biology of fungi.

Japan 04:00 (04:00 AM) on Thursday, June 30
New Zealand 07:00 (07:00 AM) on Thursday, June 30
West Coast USA 12:00 (12:00 PM) on Wednesday, June 29
East Coast USA 15:00 (03:00 PM) on Wednesday, June 29
England 20:00 (08:00 PM) on Wednesday, June 29
France 21:00 (09:00 PM) on Wednesday, June 29

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If you can’t make it, don’t fret– you can always watch the recording

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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