We congratulate Divya on defending her dissertation on “Discovery of fungal cell wall components using evolutionary and functional genomics”. Her last revisions and formatting is taking place and she should be the first minted PhD from the Stajich lab before Christmas. We are happy and proud of her accomplishment to complete this important milestone!
We are happy to welcome Dr Ousmane Cisse to the lab to work on evolution of multicellularity in Fungi. He will primarily focus on comparative genomics and evolution of filamentous fungal growth in the fungal kingdom, examining the genome of Neolecta and taking advantage of data from the 1000 fungal genomes project and other data sets. He joins us after completing his PhD at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He focused on comparative genomics of several Taphrinamycotina fungi and will continue this theme working on Neolecta. He was awarded a prestigious early postdoc mobility fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship.