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


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.

09/22/14: Welcome to six new members of the Michigan Mycology Lab!
Pictured below (L to R):
Prof. Frances Trail, sabbatical visitor from Plant Biology at Michigan State University
Ellen James (no relation), new lab assistant
Joice Ruggeri Gomes, visiting PhD student from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Dr. Yuan-Ying Su, visiting scholar from Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
Dr. Alisha Quandt, new postdoctoral fellow from Oregon State University (Spatafora Lab)
Jillian Meyers, new PhD student from James Madison University


05/19/14: Clarisse Betancourt-Román masterfully defends her M.Sc. thesis entitled “Differential virulence among panzootic, novel and hybrid lineages of
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on a single host species, Lithobates sylvaticus.” Congratulations Clarisse!


04/03/14: Anat and Clarisse serve up a diversity of fun-filled science to elementary school students through the FEMMES program: Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science. Read more here.

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Research highlight

Photo above of chytrid fungus Rozella allomycis growing as an internal parasite of another chytrid fungus Allomyces. Our lab is studying the evolution of these primitive fungi using phylogenomics. The paper describing the genome recently appeared in Current Biology. link to pdf