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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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Projects

  • Global Collaboration Scheme - Plant pathology, genomics

    Henk, D. & Urrutia, A.

    1/12/131/12/14

    Project: Research-related funding

    Research Output

    Open Access

    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
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    6 Citations (Scopus)
    15 Downloads (Pure)

    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
    5 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 16 Citations (Scopus)
    49 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
    File
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    23 Downloads (Pure)

    Thesis

    Advancing the industrial relevance of the oleaginous yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima

    Author: Abeln, F., 19 Feb 2020

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

    Conflict and Cooperation in a Social Microbe

    Author: Belcher, L., 20 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Wolf, J. (Supervisor) & Henk, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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    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

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