Francois M. Lutzoni

Professor of Biology

357 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7261


  • Ph.D., Duke University 1995

  • M.S., Ottawa University 1990

  • B.S., Grinnel College and University of Laval 1987

Oita, S., A. Ibáñez, F. Lutzoni, J. Miadlikowska, J. Geml, L. A. Lewis, E. F. Y. Hom, I. Carbone, J. M. U’Ren, and A. E. Arnold. “Climate and seasonality drive the richness and composition of tropical fungal endophytes at a landscape scale (Accepted).” Communications Biology 4, no. 1 (December 1, 2021). Full Text

Haridas, S., R. Albert, M. Binder, J. Bloem, K. LaButti, A. Salamov, B. Andreopoulos, et al. “101 Dothideomycetes genomes: A test case for predicting lifestyles and emergence of pathogens.Studies in Mycology 96 (June 2020): 141–53. Full Text

Darnajoux, Romain, Nicolas Magain, Marie Renaudin, François Lutzoni, Jean-Philippe Bellenger, and Xinning Zhang. “Molybdenum threshold for ecosystem scale alternative vanadium nitrogenase activity in boreal forests.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116, no. 49 (December 2019): 24682–88. Full Text

U’Ren, Jana M., François Lutzoni, Jolanta Miadlikowska, Naupaka B. Zimmerman, Ignazio Carbone, Georgiana May, and A Elizabeth Arnold. “Host availability drives distributions of fungal endophytes in the imperilled boreal realm.Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, no. 10 (October 2019): 1430–37. Full Text

Armaleo, Daniele, Olaf Müller, François Lutzoni, Ólafur S. Andrésson, Guillaume Blanc, Helge B. Bode, Frank R. Collart, et al. “The lichen symbiosis re-viewed through the genomes of Cladonia grayi and its algal partner Asterochloris glomerata.Bmc Genomics 20, no. 1 (July 23, 2019): 605. Full Text

Carbone, Ignazio, James B. White, Jolanta Miadlikowska, A Elizabeth Arnold, Mark A. Miller, Nicolas Magain, Jana M. U’Ren, and François Lutzoni. “T-BAS Version 2.1: Tree-Based Alignment Selector Toolkit for Evolutionary Placement of DNA Sequences and Viewing Alignments and Specimen Metadata on Curated and Custom Trees.Microbiology Resource Announcements 8, no. 29 (July 18, 2019). Full Text

Chen, Ko-Hsuan, Hui-Ling Liao, Jean-Philippe Bellenger, and François Lutzoni. “Differential gene expression associated with fungal trophic shifts along the senescence gradient of the moss Dicranum scoparium.Environmental Microbiology 21, no. 7 (July 2019): 2273–89. Full Text

Chagnon, P. L., N. Magain, J. Miadlikowska, and F. Lutzoni. “Species diversification and phylogenetically constrained symbiont switching generated high modularity in the lichen genus Peltigera.” Journal of Ecology 107, no. 4 (July 1, 2019): 1645–61. Full Text

Lutzoni, François, Michael D. Nowak, Michael E. Alfaro, Valérie Reeb, Jolanta Miadlikowska, Michael Krug, A Elizabeth Arnold, et al. “Contemporaneous radiations of fungi and plants linked to symbiosis.Nature Communications 9, no. 1 (December 21, 2018): 5451. Full Text

Miadlikowska, J., N. Magain, C. J. Pardo-De La Hoz, D. Niu, T. Goward, E. Sérusiaux, and F. Lutzoni. “Species in section Peltidea (aphthosa group) of the genus Peltigera remain cryptic after molecular phylogenetic revision.” Plant and Fungal Systematics 63, no. 2 (December 1, 2018): 45–64. Full Text


Magain, N., J. Miadlikowska, B. Goffinet, E. Sérusiaux, and F. Lutzoni. “Macroevolution of Specificity in Cyanolichens of the Genus Peltigera Section Polydactylon (Lecanoromycetes, Ascomycota).” In Systematic Biology, 66:74–99, 2017. Full Text

Lutzoni, François, and Rytas Vilgalys. “Integration of morphological and molecular data sets in estimating fungal phytogenies.” In Canadian Journal of Botany, 73:649–59. Canadian Science Publishing, 1995. Full Text

Selected Grants

Spatio-temporal factors shaping symbiotic networks: a case study with cyanolichens awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2022

Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2019 to 2021

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

SG: Combining phylogenetic and network analyses for the study of symbiotic systems: a case study using lichens awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019