Rytas J. Vilgalys

Professor of Biology

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

Education

  • 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

Misztal, PK, Lymperopoulou, DS, Adams, RI, Scott, RA, Lindow, SE, Bruns, T, Taylor, JW, Uehling, J, Bonito, G, Vilgalys, R, and Goldstein, AH. "Emission Factors of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds from Environmental Bacteria and Fungi." Environmental Science & Technology (July 13, 2018). Full Text

Gryganskyi, AP, Golan, J, Dolatabadi, S, Mondo, S, Robb, S, Idnurm, A, Muszewska, A, Steczkiewicz, K, Masonjones, S, Liao, H-L, Gajdeczka, MT, Anike, F, Vuek, A, Anishchenko, IM, Voigt, K, de Hoog, GS, Smith, ME, Heitman, J, Vilgalys, R, and Stajich, JE. "Phylogenetic and Phylogenomic Definition of Rhizopus Species." G3 (Bethesda, Md.) 8, no. 6 (May 31, 2018): 2007-2018. Full Text

Cregger, MA, Veach, AM, Yang, ZK, Crouch, MJ, Vilgalys, R, Tuskan, GA, and Schadt, CW. "The Populus holobiont: Dissecting the effects of plant niches and genotype on the microbiome." Microbiome 6, no. 1 (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Vélez, JM, Tschaplinski, TJ, Vilgalys, R, Schadt, CW, Bonito, G, Hameed, K, Engle, N, and Hamilton, CE. "Erratum to "Characterization of a novel, ubiquitous fungal endophyte from the rhizosphere and root endosphere of Populus trees" [Fungal Ecol. 27 (Part A) (June 2017) 78-86] (Accepted)." Fungal Ecology (January 1, 2018). Full Text

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

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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). 2002 to 2019

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

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

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