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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

Biofuels
Yeast
Fermentation
Feedstocks
Oligosaccharides
photostability
chelating agents
skin (animal)
metals
iron

P2P BBSRC Summer Studentship Bursary

Henk, D.

1/07/1531/08/15

Project: Research council

summer
directory
economic growth
stakeholder
life cycle

Global Collaboration Scheme - Plant pathology, genomics

Henk, D. & Urrutia, A.

1/12/131/12/14

Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Research Output 2008 2018

Open Access
File
Metschnikowia
Phenylethyl Alcohol
Fragrances
Yeast
Fermentation

Genetic structure within Septobasidium colonies suggests outcrossing and frequent non-self-fusion

Henk, D. A. & Vilgalys, R. 8 Sep 2016 In : Fungal Genomics and Biology. 6, 2, p. 143

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Septobasidium
outcrossing
insects
genotyping
fungi
8 Citations
Open Access
Cryptococcus gattii
Metagenomics
Virulence
Fungi
Northwestern United States
6 Citations

Species-specific PCR to describe local-scale distributions of four cryptic species in the Penicillium chrysogenum complex

Browne, A. GP., Fisher, M. C. & Henk, D. A. Oct 2013 In : Fungal Ecology. 6, 5, p. 419-429 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Penicillium chrysogenum
Penicillium
fungus
fungi
rail transportation
24 Citations

Transmission of hypervirulence traits via sexual reproduction within and between lineages of the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus gattii

Voelz, K., Ma, H., Phadke, S., Byrnes, E. J., Zhu, P., Mueller, O., Farrer, R. A., Henk, D. A., Lewit, Y., Hsueh, Y-P., Fisher, M. C., Idnurm, A., Heitman, J. & May, R. C. 5 Sep 2013 In : Plos Genetics. 9, 9, e1003771

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Cryptococcus gattii
sexual reproduction
virulence
Disease Outbreaks
Reproduction