Assistant Professor Kathryn Bushley

CBS Plant/Microbial Biology
College of Biological Sciences
Twin Cities
Project Title: 
Genomics, Metagenomics, and Transcriptomics of Fungal Pathogens of Invertebrates

Using a combination of next generation sequencing, phylogenomics, genetics, and natural products chemistry, the Bushley lab examines the evolution, diversity, and functions of fungal secondary metabolites. Current research projects utilizing MSI resources include: 

  • Comparative genomic and population genomic analyses of several groups of fungi including insect and plant pathogenic species
  • Transcriptomic analysis of interactions of insect pathogenic fungi with both plant and insect hosts
  • Metagenomics of fungi associated with both invertebrates (soybean cyst nematodes) and insects (invasive forest beetles) to elucidate patterns of distribution in natural and ecosystems and potential roles in biocontrol of these pests
  • Comparative genomic analyses of secondary metabolites across diverse groups of fungi

These research projects utilize HPC computing for de-novo genome sequencing and assembly, RNA-seq, network analysis, large-scale phylogenomic analyses, and population genotyping.

Project Investigators

Dr. Juan Abrahante - Llorens
Carl Branch
Assistant Professor Kathryn Bushley
Ratan Chopra
Rajiv Dharnipragada
Anisha Dharnipragada
Sebhat Gebrechristos
Weiming Hu
Dong-gyu Kim
Thomas Kono
Lotus Lofgren
Sean O'Mara
Dr. Rodrigo Olarte
Alyssa Peck
David Showalter
Noah Strom
Monica Watson
Ying Zhang
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