<![CDATA[Joey Spatafora Lab - Lab Blog]]>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 23:33:15 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Sabbatical - INRA-Nancy, France]]>Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:10:35 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/sabbatical-inra-nancy-francePicture
Bonjour de Nancy!

I have started my sabbatical in the laboratory of Francis Martin at INRA-Nancy.  Things are going well but time is passing too quickly.  Elizabeth and I have settled into our apartment, a 2-bedroom flat, and have quickly adjusted to our European lifestyle.  Nancy is a small city with a historic square, Place Stanislas, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.  We have quickly learned the city and walk just about everywhere.  We are enjoying the French food and have quickly become regulars at our neighborhood boulangerie and boucherie; let’s hope the French Paradox works on visiting Americans.  

Everyone in the lab speaks English, but very few people in town do.  Our French is horrible, to say the least, but we are improving ever so slightly each day. We can read fairly well; the challenge is understanding the very fast French and the splicing of words together.  It has made for some interesting exchanges, but people really do appreciate the effort.  We seem to manage to conduct our business through some form of broken French and broken English. At the very least we are providing cheap entertainment to the people we interact with.

INRA is the French equivalent of the USDA and I am based at the center just outside of Nancy.  My host, Francis Martin, is Head of Lab of Excellence ARBRE UMR "Tree-Microbe Interactions”.  As many of you know, his lab does work on mycorrhizae and fungal-plant interactions and his group is one of the World leaders in comparative and functional genomics of fungi, in particular mycorrhizae.  He and I have collaborated for a few years and this is great chance for use to work closely.  My big goal for this sabbatical is to produce the first big 1000 Fungal Genomes Project (1KFG) paper.  In addition to the 1KFG project, I am also hope to learn some new techniques associated with the setup and design of microcosms for mycorrhizal synthesis and RNA-Seq experiments.  This will be a great technique to bring back to the lab at OSU.

In addition to work and our life in Nancy, we are taking every opportunity to get out into the surrounding area, especially the forests.  Here is a photo from a Boletus edulis, or cepes, collecting trip.  Dinner was delicious. - Au Revoir!

<![CDATA[Forest Pathology Position - Michigan State University]]>Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:46:51 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/forest-pathology-position-michigan-state-university]]><![CDATA[Welcome Ying Chang]]>Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:13:28 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/welcome-ying-changWelcome Ying Chang!  Ying is a new postdoc in the lab on the ZyGoLife project.
<![CDATA[Alija Mujic's PhD Defense]]>Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:54:41 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/alija-mujic-phd-defenseAlija Mujic successfully defended his thesis on Friday March 13th, and ironically he is the 13th graduate student to finish from the lab.  And yes, I know I am way too late with this update.  Mea culpa.  Ali did a great job with his defense, which was titled, "Symbiosis in the Pacific Ring of Fire: Evolutionary-Biology of Rhizopogon subgenus Villosuli as Mutualists of Pseudotsuga".  He is now a postdoc in Matt Smith's lab at the University of Florida.   ]]><![CDATA[Asst. Prof. position in Evolutionary Ecology of Plants/Fungi]]>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:56:38 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/asst-prof-position-in-evolutionary-ecology-of-plantsfungi Assistant Professor
Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi
Oregon State University

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (http://bpp.oregonstate.edu/) seeks applicants for a 9-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure-track faculty position in Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of Evolutionary Ecology. The research specialization within evolutionary ecology is open and includes, but is not limited to: plants, fungi, or plant-fungal interactions (e.g., mycorrhizae, endophytes, pathogens, etc.). Emphasis is placed on research that integrates across multiple levels of inquiry and combines field, experimental, laboratory and/or computational approaches, and is relevant to natural resources and/or agriculture.

The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in introductory courses and/or in area of expertise; mentor and serve as research advisor to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their advanced degree programs in Botany and Plant Pathology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Environmental Science or related programs; and act as advisor and research mentor to undergraduate students.

Required qualifications include a PhD with research experience relevant to Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi, and a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Other preferred qualifications include potential for developing an interdisciplinary research program and effective teaching.

To review the position description and apply, go to posting #0012761 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. OSU is an AA/EOE. For full consideration, apply by 09/15/14 when review of applications will begin. Closing date is 10/15/14.

<![CDATA[Alisha Quandt successfully defended her thesis]]>Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:54:44 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/alisha-quandt-successfully-defended-her-thesisAlisha Quandt, PhD student in the laboratory, successfully defended her dissertation on this past Thursday, July 17th.  Alisha's research is on comparative genomics of fungal and insect parasites in the genus Tolypocladium.  She did a great job with her presentation and defense and is off to postdoc in Tim James' lab at The University of Michigan.  Great Job!!
<![CDATA[OSU Mycological Collection online database]]>Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:29:14 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/osu-mycological-collection-online-databaseThe OSU Mycological Collection database is now online <http://oregonstate.edu/dept/botany/herbarium/db.php>.  The database includes approximately 80,000 records of fungi from all major groups of Kingdom Fungi including lichens.  You are able to search on the following fields: Accession Number, Genus, Species, Country,
State/Province, County/District, Collector Last Name and Collector's number.  You are also able to download search results as a .csv file.  Feel free to  ]]>
<![CDATA[Kathryn Bushley to Univ. of Minnesota]]>Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:01:05 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/kathryn-bushley-to-univ-of-minnesotaCongratulations to Kathryn Bushley!!  Kathryn is a postdoc in the lab and recently was offered and accepted an assistant professor tenure track position in fungal evolutionary biology in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Minnesota.  She will officially start her position Jan. 1, 2014.
<![CDATA[T. inflatum genome published]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:31:10 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/t-inflatum-genome-publishedGood news.  The Tolypocladium inflatum genome is published and available online. (PLoS Genet 9(6): e1003496. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1003496).  The focus of this paper is the evolution, organization and expression of the cyclosporin biosynthetic gene cluster.  Great job Kathryn!
<![CDATA[May 31, 2013 1KFG genome Releases]]>Thu, 06 Jun 2013 01:20:16 GMThttp://joeyspataforalab.weebly.com/lab-blog/may-31-2013-1kfg-genome-releasesThree new genomes - Cylindrobasidium torrendii (Agaricales, Basidiomycota), Rickenella mellea (Hymenochaetales, Basidiomycota), and Melanomma pulvis-pyrius (Pleosporales, Ascomycota) - were released as part of the 1000 Fungal Genomes Project.  http://1000.fungalgenomes.org/home/ ]]>