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Rytas J. Vilgalys, Professor of Biology and Curator of Fungi, Duke Herbarium and Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Rytas J. Vilgalys
Contact Info:
Office Location:  Room 137, Biological Sciences Building, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7361
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  http://www.biology.duke.edu/fungi/mycolab/
http://www.biology.duke.edu/fungi/mycolab/

Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • BIOLOGY 540L.01, MYCOLOGY Synopsis
    French Sci 1244, TuTh 08:30 AM-11:30 AM
Education:

Ph.D.Virginia Polytech Institute and State University1985
MS BotanyVirginia Tech1982
M.S.Virginia Polytech Institute and State University1981
BA BotanyState University of New York College at Geneseo1978
B.A.State University of New York at Geneseo1978
Specialties:

Fungi
Keywords:

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome • Adaptation, Biological • Africa • Africa South of the Sahara • Agaricales • Agaricus • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections • Alleles • Amphibians • Animal Diseases • Animals • Antifungal Agents • Ascomycota • Bacteria • Base Sequence • Bayes Theorem • Biodiversity • Biological Evolution • Botswana • Brazil • California • Candida • Candida albicans • Candidiasis • Candidiasis, Oral • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal • Carbon Dioxide • Catechol Oxidase • Cell Nucleus • Chromosome Mapping • Chromosomes, Fungal • Chytridiomycota • Classification • Clone Cells • Cloning, Molecular • Colony Count, Microbial • Columbidae • Computational Biology • Crosses, Genetic • Cryptococcosis • Cryptococcus neoformans • Diagnosis, Differential • DNA • DNA Fingerprinting • DNA Primers • DNA Probes • DNA Transposable Elements • DNA, Bacterial • DNA, Fungal • DNA, Mitochondrial • DNA, Ribosomal • DNA, Ribosomal Spacer • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug • Drug Resistance, Microbial • Ecology • Ecosystem • Electrophoresis • Environmental Microbiology • Europe • Evolution, Molecular • Feces • Female • Flow Cytometry • Fluconazole • Fresh Water • Fungal Proteins • Fungi • Genes, Fungal • Genes, Mating Type, Fungal • Genes, rRNA • Genetic Linkage • Genetic Markers • Genetic Techniques • Genetic Variation • Genetics • Genetics, Population • Genome, Fungal • Genotype • Geography • Haplotypes • Heterozygote • HIV Infections • Host-Pathogen Interactions • Humans • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration • Insects • Israel • Karyotyping • Laccase • Likelihood Functions • Linkage Disequilibrium • Lod Score • Meiosis • Microbial Sensitivity Tests • Microsporidia • Mitosporic Fungi • Models, Genetic • Models, Statistical • Molecular Epidemiology • Molecular Sequence Data • Monte Carlo Method • Mushroom Poisoning • Mutation • Mycological Typing Techniques • Mycorrhizae • Mycoses • Nitrogen • North America • North Carolina • Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques • Nucleotides • Orotate Phosphoribosyltransferase • Oxidoreductases • Phosphorus • Phylogeny • Pinus taeda • Plant Diseases • Plant Leaves • Plant Roots • Polymerase Chain Reaction • Polymorphism, Genetic • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length • Polymorphism, Single-Stranded Conformational • Population Dynamics • Principal Component Analysis • Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Technique • Recombination, Genetic • Reproduction, Asexual • Restriction Mapping • Rhizoctonia • RNA, Fungal • RNA, Ribosomal • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S • Saccharomycetales • Seedling • Sensitivity and Specificity • Sequence Analysis, DNA • Serotyping • Soil • Soil Microbiology • Solanaceae • Species Specificity • Spores, Fungal • Symbiosis • Texas • Time Factors • Tobacco • Trees • United States • Wetlands • Yeasts

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Nicholas Pun  
  • Jessie Uehling  
  • Gwendolyn Williams  
  • Jeri L. Parrent  
  • Daniel Henk  
  • Greg Bonito  
  • Jason A Jackson  
  • Hannah Reynolds  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Gregory Bonito (2009-20013)  
  • Sunny Liou (2012-present)  
  • Soledad Benitez-Ponce (2011-present)  
  • Brantlee Richter (2010-2011)  
  • Matthew Smith (2009-2011)  
  • Teresa Porter (2008 - 2010)  
  • Andrii Grygansky (2008-present)  
  • Timothy James (2003 - 2006)  
  • Annette Golonka (2002 - 2006)  
  • Valerie Hofstetter (2002 - 2006)  
  • Ana Litvintseva (2001 - 2006)  
  • Austin Ganley (2000 - 2002)  
  • Robert Marra (2000 - 2003)  
  • Ursula Peintner (1999 - 2001)  
  • Anja Forche (1998 - 2000)  
  • James Johnson (1997 - 2000)  
  • Jianping Xu (1996 - 2000)  
  • Jean-Marc Moncalvo (1995 - 2002)  
  • Wendy Untereiner (1995 - 1996)  
  • Joseph Spatafora (1992 - 1994)  
  • Marc Cubeta (1992 - 1994)  
  • Louise Lewis (1989 - 1992)  
  • Wieland Meyer (1989 - 1992)  
  • Steven L. Rehner (1988 - 1989)  
  • Marianela Rodriguez (20102012 - present)  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Benítez, M-S; Hersh, MH; Vilgalys, R; Clark, JS, Pathogen regulation of plant diversity via effective specialization., Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 28 no. 12 (December, 2013), pp. 705-711, ISSN 0169-5347 [24091206], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Gryganskyi, AP; Humber, RA; Stajich, JE; Mullens, B; Anishchenko, IM; Vilgalys, R, Sequential utilization of hosts from different fly families by genetically distinct, sympatric populations within the Entomophthora muscae species complex., Plos One, vol. 8 no. 8 (January, 2013), pp. e71168, ISSN 1932-6203 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Bonito, G; Smith, ME; Nowak, M; Healy, RA; Guevara, G; Cázares, E; Kinoshita, A; Nouhra, ER; Domínguez, LS; Tedersoo, L; Murat, C; Wang, Y; Moreno, BA; Pfister, DH; Nara, K; Zambonelli, A; Trappe, JM; Vilgalys, R, Historical biogeography and diversification of truffles in the Tuberaceae and their newly identified southern hemisphere sister lineage., Plos One, vol. 8 no. 1 (January, 2013), pp. e52765 [23300990], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Smith, M E and Henkel, T W and Uehling, J K and Fremier, A K and Clarke, H D and Vilgalys, R, The Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Community in a Neotropical Forest Dominated by the Endemic Dipterocarp Pakaraimaea dipterocarpacea, PLoS ONE, vol. 8 no. 1 (January, 2013), pp. e55160
  5. Weber, CF; Vilgalys, R; Kuske, CR, Changes in fungal community composition in response to elevated atmospheric CO2 and nitrogen fertilization varies with soil horizon, Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 4 no. APR (January, 2013), pp. 1--14, FRONTIERS MEDIA SA, ISSN 1664-302X [doi]  [abs]
  6. Shakya, M; Gottel, N; Castro, H; Yang, ZK; Gunter, L; Labbé, J; Muchero, W; Bonito, G; Vilgalys, R; Tuskan, G; Podar, M; Schadt, CW, A multifactor analysis of fungal and bacterial community structure in the root microbiome of mature Populus deltoides trees., Plos One, vol. 8 no. 10 (January, 2013), pp. e76382, ISSN 1932-6203 [doi]  [abs]
  7. Hersh, MH; Vilgalys, R; Clark, JS, Evaluating the impacts of multiple generalist fungal pathogens on temperate tree seedling survival., Ecology, vol. 93 no. 3 (March, 2012), pp. 511-520, ISSN 0012-9658 [22624206], [doi]  [abs]
  8. Dunbar, J; Eichorst, SA; Gallegos-Graves, LV; Silva, S; Xie, G; Hengartner, NW; Evans, RD; Hungate, BA; Jackson, RB; Megonigal, JP; Schadt, CW; Vilgalys, R; Zak, DR; Kuske, CR, Common bacterial responses in six ecosystems exposed to 10 years of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide., Environmental Microbiology, vol. 14 no. 5 (May, 2012), pp. 1145-1158, ISSN 1462-2912 [doi]  [abs]
  9. Weber, CF; Zak, DR; Hungate, BA; Jackson, RB; Vilgalys, R; Evans, RD; Schadt, CW; Megonigal, JP; Kuske, CR, Responses of soil cellulolytic fungal communities to elevated atmospheric CO₂ are complex and variable across five ecosystems., Environmental Microbiology, vol. 13 no. 10 (October, 2011), pp. 2778-2793, ISSN 1462-2912 [abstract], [doi]  [abs]
  10. Gottel, NR; Castro, HF; Kerley, M; Yang, Z; Pelletier, DA; Podar, M; Karpinets, T; Uberbacher, E; Tuskan, GA; Vilgalys, R; Doktycz, MJ; Schadt, CW, Distinct microbial communities within the endosphere and rhizosphere of Populus deltoides roots across contrasting soil types., Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 77 no. 17 (September, 2011), pp. 5934-5944, ISSN 0099-2240 [5934], [doi]  [abs]


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