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

Magain, Nicolas, Jolanta Miadlikowska, Olaf Mueller, Michael Gajdeczka, Camille Truong, Asaf A. Salamov, Inna Dubchak, et al. “Conserved genomic collinearity as a source of broadly applicable, fast evolving, markers to resolve species complexes: A case study using the lichen-forming genus Peltigera section Polydactylon..” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 117 (December 2017): 10–29. Full Text

Carbone, Ignazio, James B. White, Jolanta Miadlikowska, A Elizabeth Arnold, Mark A. Miller, Frank Kauff, Jana M. U’Ren, Georgiana May, and François Lutzoni. “T-BAS: Tree-Based Alignment Selector toolkit for phylogenetic-based placement, alignment downloads and metadata visualization: an example with the Pezizomycotina tree of life..” Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) 33, no. 8 (April 2017): 1160–68. Full Text

Darnajoux, Romain, Xinning Zhang, Darcy L. McRose, Jolanta Miadlikowska, François Lutzoni, Anne M. L. Kraepiel, and Jean-Philippe Bellenger. “Biological nitrogen fixation by alternative nitrogenases in boreal cyanolichens: importance of molybdenum availability and implications for current biological nitrogen fixation estimates..” The New Phytologist 213, no. 2 (January 2017): 680–89. Full Text

Hestmark, G., F. Lutzoni, and J. Miadlikowska. “Photobiont associations in co-occurring umbilicate lichens with contrasting modes of reproduction in coastal Norway.” Lichenologist 48, no. 5 (September 1, 2016): 545–57. Full Text

Nieuwenhuijzen, E. J. van, J. M. Miadlikowska, J. A. M. P. Houbraken, O. C. G. Adan, F. M. Lutzoni, and R. A. Samson. “Wood staining fungi revealed taxonomic novelties in Pezizomycotina: New order Superstratomycetales and new species Cyanodermella oleoligni..” Studies in Mycology 85 (September 2016): 107–24. Full Text

U’Ren, Jana M., Jolanta Miadlikowska, Naupaka B. Zimmerman, François Lutzoni, Jason E. Stajich, and A Elizabeth Arnold. “Contributions of North American endophytes to the phylogeny, ecology, and taxonomy of Xylariaceae (Sordariomycetes, Ascomycota)..” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 98 (May 2016): 210–32. Full Text

Chagnon, Pierre-Luc, Jana M. U’Ren, Jolanta Miadlikowska, François Lutzoni, and A Elizabeth Arnold. “Interaction type influences ecological network structure more than local abiotic conditions: evidence from endophytic and endolichenic fungi at a continental scale..” Oecologia 180, no. 1 (January 2016): 181–91. Full Text


Selected Grants

Collaborative Research: Hyperdiverse endolichenic and endophytic fungi: A large-scale, awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2010

Dissertation Research: Molecular phylogeny of Verrucariales (Fungi, Ascomycota) and the evolution of nutritional modes. awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

ATOL: Collaborative Research: Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2007

Career: Using Multigene Phylogenies to Solve Early Euascomycete Relationships awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2007

Collaborative Research: Assembling the fungal tree of life awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2006

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Phylogenetics of Nostoc and the Evolution of Specificity and Selectivity in Cyanolichen Symbioses awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2005

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Phylogeny, reconstruction of ancestral states and divergence times of lichen-forming fungi Acaros awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2004

(94-0172) Phylogeny in the Genus Omphalina and the Evolutionary Consequences of Mutualism awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1996

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