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

Johansen, RB, Johnston, P, Mieczkowski, P, Perry, GL, Robeson, MS, Vilgalys, R, and Burns, BR. "Scattered far and wide: A broadly distributed temperate dune grass finds familiar fungal root associates in its invasive range." Soil Biology and Biochemistry 112 (September 2017): 177-190. 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 19, no. 8 (August 2017): 2964-2983. Full Text

Smith, ME, Henkel, TW, Williams, GC, Aime, MC, Fremier, AK, and Vilgalys, R. "Investigating niche partitioning of ectomycorrhizal fungi in specialized rooting zones of the monodominant leguminous tree Dicymbe corymbosa ." New Phytologist 215, no. 1 (July 2017): 443-453. Full Text

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." Fungal Ecology 27 (June 2017): 78-86. Full Text

Gryganskyi, AP, Mullens, BA, Gajdeczka, MT, Rehner, SA, Vilgalys, R, and Hajek, AE. "Hijacked: Co-option of host behavior by entomophthoralean fungi." PLoS pathogens 13, no. 5 (May 4, 2017): e1006274-. 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." 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

Rosenthal, LM, Larsson, K-H, Branco, S, Chung, JA, Glassman, SI, Liao, H-L, Peay, KG, Smith, DP, Talbot, JM, Taylor, JW, Vellinga, EC, Vilgalys, R, and Bruns, TD. "Survey of corticioid fungi in North American pinaceous forests reveals hyperdiversity, underpopulated sequence databases, and species that are potentially ectomycorrhizal." Mycologia 109, no. 1 (January 2, 2017): 115-127. Full Text

Bonito, G, Hameed, K, Toome-Heller, M, Healy, R, Reid, C, Liao, H-L, Aime, MC, Schadt, C, and Vilgalys, R. "Atractiella rhizophila , sp. nov., an endorrhizal fungus isolated from the Populus root microbiome." Mycologia 109, no. 1 (January 2, 2017): 18-26. Full Text


Selected Grants

Genetics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1979 to 2020

Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 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 2018

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