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


Aug 1, 2019. We are proud to roll out the Collection of Zoosporic Eufungi at U. Michigan (CZEUM) website. The CZEUM collection was founded by NSF supported transfer of the incredible collections of Drs. Joyce E. Longcore, Dr. Martha Powell, and Dr. Peter Letcher. The CZEUM collection aims at maintaining this biological resource and providing cultures to other chytrid researchers. The CZEUM collection is stored at the Research Museum Center’s Cryopreservation Facility.


July 30, 2019.
Congratulations to Dr. Anat Belasen for successfully defending her thesis “The Impacts of Habitat Fragmentation on Amphibian Genetics and Health in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Biodiversity Hotspot”. Well done! Anat is off to Cornell University to work with Dr. Kelly Zamudio as a Smith Conservation Research Fellow. Anat is pictured below with her committee.


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.

News archive
quandt phylogeny

We have been working on the fungal group known as Rozellomycota/Cryptomycota/Rozellida, trying to understand the ecological function, morphology, and host range. This group of parasites appears to have undergone numerous independent gene losses and is now clearly basal to the more well known group of endoparasites known as Microsporidia. We produced a phylogenomic analysis using a genome of Paramicrosporidium saccamoebae, see paper published in eLife led by former postdoc Alisha Quandt.