Rytas J. Vilgalys

Professor of Biology

Room 137, Biological Sciences Building, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7361


  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University 1985

  • M.S., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University 1981

  • B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo 1978

Vélez, JM, Tschaplinski, TJ, Vilgalys, R, Schadt, CW, Bonito, G, Hameed, K, Engle, N, and Hamilton, CE. "Characterization of a novel, ubiquitous fungal endophyte from the rhizosphere and root endosphere of Populus trees (Accepted)." Fungal Ecology 27 (June 1, 2017): 78-86. Full Text

Branco, S, Bi, K, Liao, H-L, Gladieux, P, Badouin, H, Ellison, CE, Nguyen, NH, Vilgalys, R, Peay, KG, Taylor, JW, and Bruns, TD. "Continental-level population differentiation and environmental adaptation in the mushroom Suillus brevipes ." Edited by T Giraud, B Koskella, and A-L Laine. Molecular Ecology 26, no. 7 (April 2017): 2063-2076. Full Text

Li, Z, Yao, Q, Dearth, SP, Entler, MR, Castro Gonzalez, HF, Uehling, JK, Vilgalys, RJ, Hurst, GB, Campagna, SR, Labbé, JL, and Pan, C. "Integrated proteomics and metabolomics suggests symbiotic metabolism and multimodal regulation in a fungal-endobacterial system." Environmental microbiology 19, no. 3 (March 2017): 1041-1053. Full Text

Uehling, J, Gryganskyi, A, Hameed, K, Tschaplinski, T, Misztal, PK, Wu, S, Desirò, A, Vande Pol, N, Du, Z, Zienkiewicz, A, Zienkiewicz, K, Morin, E, Tisserant, E, Splivallo, R, Hainaut, M, Henrissat, B, Ohm, R, Kuo, A, Yan, J, Lipzen, A, Nolan, M, LaButti, K, Barry, K, Goldstein, AH, Labbé, J, Schadt, C, Tuskan, G, Grigoriev, I, Martin, F, Vilgalys, R, and Bonito, G. "Comparative genomics of Mortierella elongata and its bacterial endosymbiont Mycoavidus cysteinexigens ." Environmental Microbiology (January 2017). Full Text

Johansen, RB, Johnston, P, Mieczkowski, P, Perry, GLW, Robeson, MS, Burns, BR, and Vilgalys, R. "A native and an invasive dune grass share similar, patchily distributed, root-associated fungal communities." Fungal Ecology 23 (October 2016): 141-155. Full Text

Spatafora, JW, Chang, Y, Benny, GL, Lazarus, K, Smith, ME, Berbee, ML, Bonito, G, Corradi, N, Grigoriev, I, Gryganskyi, A, James, TY, O'Donnell, K, Roberson, RW, Taylor, TN, Uehling, J, Vilgalys, R, White, MM, and Stajich, JE. "A phylum-level phylogenetic classification of zygomycete fungi based on genome-scale data." Mycologia 108, no. 5 (September 2016): 1028-1046. Full Text

Ekblad, A, Mikusinska, A, Ågren, GI, Menichetti, L, Wallander, H, Vilgalys, R, Bahr, A, and Eriksson, U. "Production and turnover of ectomycorrhizal extramatrical mycelial biomass and necromass under elevated CO2 and nitrogen fertilization." The New phytologist 211, no. 3 (August 2016): 874-885. Full Text

Bonito, G, Hameed, K, Ventura, R, Krishnan, J, Schadt, CW, and Vilgalys, R. "Isolating a functionally relevant guild of fungi from the root microbiome of Populus." Fungal Ecology 22 (August 2016): 35-42. Full Text

Gónzalez, D, Rodriguez-Carres, M, Boekhout, T, Stalpers, J, Kuramae, EE, Nakatani, AK, Vilgalys, R, and Cubeta, MA. "Phylogenetic relationships of Rhizoctonia fungi within the Cantharellales." Fungal biology 120, no. 4 (April 2016): 603-619. Full Text


Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2014 to 2019

Collaborative Research: The Zygomycetes Genealogy of Life (ZyGoLife) - the conundrum of Kingdom Fungi awarded by University of California - Riverside (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018

DOE Genomics GTL: PlantMicrobe Interfaces awarded by Oak Ridge National Labs (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2017

Dimensions: Collaborative Research: Deconstructing diversity and Ecosystem Function at Multiple Spatial and awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2016

GO! Program- Jessie Uehling awarded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Principal Investigator). 2015

Pathogen Mediated Diversity and Response to Changing Climate awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2014

Collaborative Research: Ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity of the central Guiana Shield awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2013

Sexual reproduction and virulence of zygomycete fungi awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2010 to 2013

Collaborative Research: Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life: Resolving the Evolutionary History of the Fungi awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2012