T. Y. James Lab
Biological Sciences Building, Rm. 4080
1105 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048


May 31, 2019. Welcome to Dr. Kensuke Seto who is a new postdoctoral fellow supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Dr. Seto is an expert on the systematics of chytrid parasites of algae.


Mar 3, 2019.
A belated welcome to Dr. Shuhua “Carol” Ge who is visiting from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (Inst. of Microbiology) for 1 year. Carol will be working on mitotic recombination in yeast.


Nov 26, 2018. Our first fungal single cell paper published in Nature Microbiology. Ahrendt et al. “Leveraging single-cell genomics to expand the fungal tree of life


July 27, 2018. Students return from 11th International Mycological Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico with high honors!
Congratulations to Kevin Amses for receiving a best student oral presentation for his talk “
scgid, a bioinformatic tool for scaffold binning and genome prediction from metagenomic sequencing libraries.”
Hats off to Jillian Myers for receiving a best student poster presentation for her poster “How common is mycovirus host-switching in nature?”


July 13, 2018. PhD Student Buck Castillo’s paper on soil fungal communities posted accelerated succession just out in Soil Biology and Biochem!
Read: “
Impacts of experimentally accelerated forest succession on belowground plant and fungal communities.”

May 18, 2018. Congratulations Imani Russell (MSc), for her successful defense on 4/25! Her thesis was entitled “Chytrid in the lowlands: widespread fungal infection across Amazonian frog clades suggests critical role for low elevation in pathogen spread and persistence”.


May 11, 2018. We are moving! New lab is down the road in the new Biological Sciences Building.


April 9, 2018. Congratulations to Anat Belasen for receiving Rackham Graduate School’s prestigious Predoctoral Fellowship. This award will support her dissertation year of intense writing and data analysis.


Dec. 15, 2017. Anat Belasen wins the honor of being the EEB department’s Photographer at Large for her cool photo of Aparasphenodon brunoi (Bruno’s cask-headed frog).
Nice job Anat!

Nov 20, 2017. Buck Castillo featured in article on the burn chronosequence at UMBS. 100+ years of post-fire succession has been established at the field station which is an excellent resource for research and teaching. Buck has been investigating the fate of fungal communities at multiple stages after burning.


Oct 19, 2017. Hello to Xiao-Yong Liu (red vest) visiting from the State Key Lab of Mycology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing for three months to work on Rhizopus arrhizus population genomics. Thanks and farewell to Gustavo Jerônimo-Alves and good luck with the dissertation!


July 24, 2017. Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Bakker, honorary Mycotic for defending his dissertation entitled “Exploring human birth seasonality and the environmental
mechanisms driving childhood disease dynamics”. Way to go! Kevin is working as a postdoc on rabies vaccination in Peru.


July 11, 2017. Congratulations to Dr. Thomas S. Jenkinson for successfully defending his dissertation entitled “Population Structure and Evolutionary Ecology of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest”. All that draggin’ paid off! Thomas is now a postdoc with Dr. Bree Rosenblum in Berkeley.


April 22, 2017. Welcome to Gustavo Jerônimo-Alves visiting from the Instituto de Botânica, São Paulo! Gustavo is a PhD student in mycology working on systematics of Brazilian chytrids using phylogenetic and ultrastructural methods.

April 20, 2017. Congratulations to Theresa Ong, honorary Mycotic and cherished collaborator and colleague on finishing successfully defending her thesis: “Biocomplexity: the autonomous agroecological alternative”. Theresa’s juggernaut of a thesis included genetic and fungal components, such as analysis of microsatellite locus variation in pea aphid across an urban landscape. Theresa is pictured below in center with her committee.


March 21, 2017. Four of us participated in the most excellent 29th Fungal Genetics Conference in Asilomar State Park, CA. This meeting was really stimulating and made us all excited to be a part of this community.
-Alisha presented on the mycobiomes of cone snails as well as her genome sequence of the Cryptomycotan
Paramicrosporidium. She won a best poster award for postdocs!
-Kevin presented on the genome sequence and comparative analysis of the nematode trapper
Stylopage hadra.
-Rob presented on methylation during dikaryon formation in mushrooms.
-Tim presented on mitotic recombination during experimentally evolving yeast populations.

Alisha with esteemed ecologist Lynne Boddy at her poster.

Kevin showing his culturing methods for Stylopage.

Rob chats with Jesper Svedburg from Uppsala University.

Yen-Ping Hsueh, Sheng Sun, and Tim enjoying the sunny weather.

March 6, 2017. Hail chytrids! Thomas Jenkinson received news of an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship award to work with Erica Bree Rosenblum in UC Berkeley. Moreover, Tommy was chosen for an Outstanding GSI Award from the Rackham Graduate School. Well done!

UM chytrid crew also welcomes new postdoc Dr. Rabern Simmons (pictured left). Rabern was a PhD student of Dr. Joyce Longcore (pictured below) who was visiting from U. Maine to help with multiple chytrid projects.


Sept. 20, 2016. Michigan Mycology hosts 42nd Annual AH Smith Foray at UMBS. Over 75 regional mycologists attended and 189 different fungal species were collected!


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Research highlight

Our lab has been studying the split gill mushroom Schizophyllum commune in collaboration with Alex Kondrashov's group. This extremely common species is a model system for studying mating and population genetics of mushrooms. Findings include the discovery that the species has a record amount of DNA polymorphism (pi = 0.21, meaning that 21% of DNA sites are different between any two strains)(Baranova in press) and that recombination favors sites with low polymorphism, which attracts crossovers to regions where negative selection has acted (Seplyarskiy et al. 2014).