Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics

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Michael F Seidl

Fungal Evolutionary Genomics Group

Michael F Seidl

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Research Summary

The fungal kingdom contains unicellular as well as multicellular organisms. They display cosmopolitan distribution and are able to adapt to a variety of environmental niches. Fungi are important decomposers of organic material from plants and animals, but some live as symbionts in mutualistic to parasitic interactions with other organisms. The research of the Fungal Evolutionary Genomics group aims to understand the molecular mechanisms contribute to fungal (genome) diversification, and how genomic changes translate to the capacity of fungi to adapt to novel or altered environments, both on short and long evolutionary time-scales.

Rapid adaptation is particularly apparent in the tight symbiosis between pathogens and their hosts. While hosts evolved mechanisms to detect and restrain pathogens, pathogens evolved means to disguise themselves or suppress host responses. Our goal is to elucidate the evolution of plant pathogens and to unravel molecular mechanisms that foster their diversification during the co-evolutionary arms race with their hosts.

Team

Michael F Seidl, Principal Investigator
David Torres Sanchez, PhD student, Wageningen Univerisity & Research, supervision with Prof. Thomma
Edgar Chavarro Carrero, PhD student, Wageningen Univeristy & Research, supervision with Prof. Thomma
Sander Rodenburg, PhD student, Wageningen Univeristy & Research, supervision with Prof. de Ridder & Prof. Govers
Martin Kramer, PhD student, Wageningen Univeristy & Research, supervision with Prof. Thomma
Xin Zhang, MSc student