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Research interests

My research centers on the evolution and ecology of fungi across their broad spectrum of roles in ecosystems and human lives. I primarily use genomics, and I currently have two main research thrusts:

  1. identify fungal communities in healthy, diseased, and changing environments
  2. determine the genomic pathways of fungal evolution in response to biotic and abiotic environmental variation

The first part of my research is essentially about measuring fungal biodiversity and inferring its role in larger communities. Genomics serves the dual purpose of allowing high-throughput identification via targeted sequencing while also allowing fine-scale partitioning of diversity via resequencing. The second part of my research is focused on how genomes evolve in response to environments. This research uses experiments to measure mutation types and rates in a variety of environmental conditions, and my research also uses natural populations to discover how recombination and spatial structure modify fungal evolution. With more genomes sequenced than any other eukaryotic group, fungi offer unique opportunities to study how these complex organisms respond to stressful or permissive environments.

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Fungi Medicine & Life Sciences
fungi Agriculture & Biology
Penicillium Medicine & Life Sciences
Cryptococcus gattii Medicine & Life Sciences
fungus Earth & Environmental Sciences
Genetic Recombination Medicine & Life Sciences
Penicillium chrysogenum Agriculture & Biology
Population Genetics Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2013 2021

chelating agents
skin (animal)

P2P BBSRC Summer Studentship Bursary

Henk, D.



Project: Research council

economic growth
life cycle

Global Collaboration Scheme - Plant pathology, genomics

Henk, D. & Urrutia, A.


Project: Research-related funding

Research Output 2008 2019

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Lipid production through the single-step microwave hydrolysis of macroalgae using the oleaginous yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima

Abeln, F., Fan, J., Budarin, V. L., Briers, H., Parsons, S., Allen, M. J., Henk, D. A., Clark, J. & Chuck, C. J., 1 Mar 2019, In : Algal Research. 38, p. 1-9 9 p., 101411.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Snf2 controls pulcherriminic acid biosynthesis and antifungal activity of the biocontrol yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima

Gore-Lloyd, D., Sumann, I., Brachmann, A., Schneeberger, K., Ortiz-Merino, R., Moreno, M., Schlafli, M., Kirner, P., Kron, A., Rueda-Mejia, M., Somerville, V., Wolfe, K., Piel, J., Ahrens, C., Henk, D. & Freimoser, F., 1 Jul 2019, In : Molecular Microbiology. 112, 1, p. 317-332 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
13 Citations (Scopus)
49 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Phenylethyl Alcohol
4 Citations (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)

The additive free microwave hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass for fermentation to high value products

Fan, J., Santomauro, F., Budarin, V. L., Whiffin, F., Abeln, F., Chantasuban, T., Gore-Lloyd, D., Henk, D., Scott, R. J., Clark, J. & Chuck, C. J., 10 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 198, p. 776-784 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Using natural variation and adaptive evolution of Metschnikowia pulcherrima for lipid production from low value plant feedstocks

Author: Hicks, R., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor) & Henk, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD