T. Y. James Lab
Biological Sciences Building, Rm. 4050
1105 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1085


Oct 15, 2021. We are looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow.
Postdoctoral position on bioinformatics focused on metagenomics of the marine Malassezia yeasts.

Oct 1, 2021.
Welcome to new postdoc Dr. Tamilie Carvalho (second from left) from Felipe Toledo's lab. Tamilie will be working on development of Hymenochirus as a model system to study aquatic symbioses.

lab group 2021

July 13, 2021
. Registration is now open for the JGI Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting which will be held virtually from Aug 30-Sept. 1, 2021.

There is also a fascinating New Lineages of Life symposium that will commence over 5 weeks. Check it out!

May 18, 2021. Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Amses who successfully defended his PhD thesis: "Single Cell Sequencing Facilitates Genome-enabled Biology in Uncultured Fungi and Resolves Deep Branches on the Fungal Tree of Life". Kevin is now off to work with Prof. Jessie Uehling at Oregon State University. Good luck and congratulations Kevin!


Oct. 6, 2020. Our new paper on the CZEUM collection has just been published in IMA Fungus. Congratulations Rabern!

Sept 24, 2020. In the last month and a half two students we are thrilled to have witnessed two members of the mycology group to successfully defend their PhD theses.
Congratulations to Dr. Buck Castillo who defended on Sept. 11 his thesis “Fungal Community Structural and Functional Responses to Disturbances in a North Temperate Forest”!
Congratulations to Dr. Jillian Myers who defended on Aug. 13 her thesis “The Diversity of Mycoviruses in the Early-Diverging Fungi and Their Evolutionary Implications”!


Sept 8, 2020. Dr. Myers’ publication on mycoviruses in early diverging fungi is now available in mBio.

June 27, 2020. Congratulations to Dr. Kensuke Seto for winning the 29th Young Mycologist Award of the Mycological Society of America AND for winning the Naohide Hiratsuka Award for best paper In Mycoscience.
Kensuke’s award presentation is
online! (Japanese). Congratulations!

May 28, 2020.
Life goes on in the new normal for the Michigan Mycology Lab. Group photo from a weekly lab meeting. It helps lift the spirit to see the funguys and fungals!


Feb 26, 2020.
We are hosting a hands on workshop on chytrids (zoosporic true fungi) at the University of Michigan Biological Station Aug. 10-14, 2020. For more details, please follow this link.
**Unfortunately due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the workshop has been postponed to 2021.**

Aug 1, 2019.
We are proud to roll out the Collection of Zoosporic Eufungi at U. Michigan (CZEUM) website. The CZEUM collection was founded by NSF supported transfer of the incredible collections of Drs. Joyce E. Longcore, Dr. Martha Powell, and Dr. Peter Letcher. The CZEUM collection aims at maintaining this biological resource and providing cultures to other chytrid researchers. The CZEUM collection is stored at the Research Museum Center’s Cryopreservation Facility.


July 30, 2019.
Congratulations to Dr. Anat Belasen for successfully defending her thesis “The Impacts of Habitat Fragmentation on Amphibian Genetics and Health in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Biodiversity Hotspot”. Well done! Anat is off to Cornell University to work with Dr. Kelly Zamudio as a Smith Conservation Research Fellow. Anat is pictured below with her committee.


May 31, 2019. Welcome to Dr. Kensuke Seto who is a new postdoctoral fellow supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Dr. Seto is an expert on the systematics of chytrid parasites of algae.


Mar 3, 2019.
A belated welcome to Dr. Shuhua “Carol” Ge who is visiting from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (Inst. of Microbiology) for 1 year. Carol will be working on mitotic recombination in yeast.


Nov 26, 2018. Our first fungal single cell paper published in Nature Microbiology. Ahrendt et al. “Leveraging single-cell genomics to expand the fungal tree of life


July 27, 2018. Students return from 11th International Mycological Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico with high honors!
Congratulations to Kevin Amses for receiving a best student oral presentation for his talk “
scgid, a bioinformatic tool for scaffold binning and genome prediction from metagenomic sequencing libraries.”
Hats off to Jillian Myers for receiving a best student poster presentation for her poster “How common is mycovirus host-switching in nature?”


July 13, 2018. PhD Student Buck Castillo’s paper on soil fungal communities posted accelerated succession just out in Soil Biology and Biochem!
Read: “
Impacts of experimentally accelerated forest succession on belowground plant and fungal communities.”

May 18, 2018. Congratulations Imani Russell (MSc), for her successful defense on 4/25! Her thesis was entitled “Chytrid in the lowlands: widespread fungal infection across Amazonian frog clades suggests critical role for low elevation in pathogen spread and persistence”.


May 11, 2018. We are moving! New lab is down the road in the new Biological Sciences Building.


April 9, 2018. Congratulations to Anat Belasen for receiving Rackham Graduate School’s prestigious Predoctoral Fellowship. This award will support her dissertation year of intense writing and data analysis.


Dec. 15, 2017. Anat Belasen wins the honor of being the EEB department’s Photographer at Large for her cool photo of Aparasphenodon brunoi (Bruno’s cask-headed frog).
Nice job Anat!

Nov 20, 2017. Buck Castillo featured in article on the burn chronosequence at UMBS. 100+ years of post-fire succession has been established at the field station which is an excellent resource for research and teaching. Buck has been investigating the fate of fungal communities at multiple stages after burning.


News archive
quandt phylogeny

We have been working on the fungal group known as Rozellomycota/Cryptomycota/Rozellida, trying to understand the ecological function, morphology, and host range. This group of parasites appears to have undergone numerous independent gene losses and is now clearly basal to the more well known group of endoparasites known as Microsporidia. We produced a phylogenomic analysis using a genome of Paramicrosporidium saccamoebae, see paper published in eLife led by former postdoc Alisha Quandt.