T. Y. James Lab
Kraus Natural Science Bldg., Rm. 1008
830 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048
lab phone: (734) 763-8161


May 15, 2016. Mycotics at Hartwick Pines State Park during lab retreat.

April 13, 2016. We are looking to fill a position in Cryptomycota genomics and are particularly interested in candidates with a passion for obscure fungi and using massive genomic data sets to address biological problems. Please email me (Tim James) for more information.

Feb. 22, 2016. Congratulations to Thomas Jenkinson for receiving his Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from NSF. "DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Evolutionary Consequences of Pathogen Strain Competition in an Emerging Fungal Disease."


Nov. 4, 2015. Welcome to new Ph.D. student Kevin Amses and new Research Technician Lucas Michelotti!


Aug. 31, 2015. Congratulations to Rob Powers for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis entitled "Sexual selection and the Buller phenomenon in the mushroom-forming Basidiomycete
Coprinellus disseminatus"!

Rob defense

Aug. 29, 2015. Trading places. We welcome Dr. Domingos da Silva Leite (Professor Sundays) from Universidade de Campinas, Brazil who will be here for one year on sabbatical. Sadly we must say goodbye to Joice Ruggeri who returns to Universidade de Rio de Janeiro to defend her thesis. Good luck and thanks for a great year Joice!
joice e domingos

Aug. 11, 2015. We are looking to hire folks at various levels of experience (students, postdocs, technicians) for projects related to comparative and single cell genomics and experimental evolution. Please contact
me if you are interested.

Aug. 2, 2015. Michigan Mycologist wins major presentation award! Congratulations to Rob Powers for winning best oral presentation at this year's Mycological Society of America meeting in Edmonton, Alberta for his talk "Sexual Selection and The Buller Phenomenon in the Bipolar Basidiomycete,
Coprinellus disseminatus". Preparations for the thesis defense and celebration are underway.

July 15, 2015. Anat Belasen wins best talk at the Association for Tropical Biology 2015 meeting in Honolulu, HI for her talk: "How does habitat fragmentation affect disease susceptibility? Examining the relationships between geography, population genetics, and disease". Congratulations! Pictured below with our collaborator Felipe Toledo.

July 1, 2015. Detroit Zoo Fellow and Ph.D. student Jill Myers participates in Portal to the Public Day at the Detroit Zoo. Read full article here

May 8, 2015. Well defended! Congratulations to Buck Castillo who masterfully defended his M.Sc. thesis, “Belowground Plant and Fungal Community Response to an Accelerated Forest Succession Experiment”. Buck shown below in center with his two proud co-advisors.

April 20, 2015. EEB’s Early Career Scientist Symposium a success! Clarisse Betancourt Román, an EEB and mycology lab alumna (EEB MS 2014) who is now at the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center, presents her research during the poster session that was open to students from all universities. Read more here

Jan-Feb. 2015: Michigan Mycology back in Brazil in summer of 2015 to continue or start new projects on
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Clockwise from top left. Tamilie Carvalho (UNICAMP) and Thomas Jenkinson collecting tadpoles from the “hybrid stream” in Morretes, Paraná. Driving back in the Combi with Gui Becker after sampling Eleutherodactylus johnstonei, the invasive Antilles coqui which has established a hyper dense but spatially limited population (about 2 x 2 blocks) in downtown São Paulo. An undescribed Scinax of the perpusillus group sampled on Ihla Mar Virado. Thoropa taophora, a specialist species that inhabits wet rocky regions across islands and the coast of São Paulo state and a focus of Anat Belasen’s project on habitat fragmentation on disease susceptibility.

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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).