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


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!

Sept. 2016. Two student papers on Bd published this year. Thomas Jenkinson's paper culminating 3+ field seasons of Bd sampling in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest published in Molecular Ecology with an accompanying highlight by Ghosh and Fisher. Clarisse Betancourt-Román and Colin O'Neil's paper on experimental infection of nematodes and crayfish was recently published in Parasitology.

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.

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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).