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


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!


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!

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

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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).