Francois M. Lutzoni

Professor in the Department 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

Lutzoni, F, Nowak, MD, Alfaro, ME, Reeb, V, Miadlikowska, J, Krug, M, Arnold, AE, Lewis, LA, Swofford, DL, Hibbett, D, Hilu, K, James, TY, Quandt, D, and Magallón, S. "Contemporaneous radiations of fungi and plants linked to symbiosis." Nature Communications 9, no. 1 (December 21, 2018): 5451-null. Full Text

Korotkin, HB, Swenie, RA, Miettinen, O, Budke, JM, Chen, K-H, Lutzoni, F, Smith, ME, and Matheny, PB. "Stable isotope analyses reveal previously unknown trophic mode diversity in the Hymenochaetales." American Journal of Botany 105, no. 11 (November 2018): 1869-1887. Full Text

Magain, N, Truong, C, Goward, T, Niu, D, Goffinet, B, Sérusiaux, E, Vitikainen, O, Lutzoni, F, and Miadlikowska, J. "Species delimitation at a global scale reveals high species richness with complex biogeography and patterns of symbiont association in Peltigera section Peltigera (lichenized Ascomycota: Lecanoromycetes)." Taxon 67, no. 5 (October 17, 2018): 836-870. Full Text

Lu, J, Magain, N, Miadlikowska, J, Coyle, JR, Truong, C, and Lutzoni, F. "Bioclimatic factors at an intrabiome scale are more limiting than cyanobiont availability for the lichen-forming genus Peltigera." American Journal of Botany 105, no. 7 (July 12, 2018): 1198-1211. Full Text

Chagnon, PL, Magain, N, Miadlikowska, J, and Lutzoni, F. "Strong specificity and network modularity at a very fine phylogenetic scale in the lichen genus Peltigera." Oecologia 187, no. 3 (July 2018): 767-782. Full Text

Chen, KH, Liao, HL, Arnold, AE, Bonito, G, and Lutzoni, F. "RNA-based analyses reveal fungal communities structured by a senescence gradient in the moss Dicranum scoparium and the presence of putative multi-trophic fungi." New Phytologist 218, no. 4 (June 1, 2018): 1597-1611. Full Text

Magain, N, Miadlikowska, J, Mueller, O, Gajdeczka, M, Truong, C, Salamov, AA, Dubchak, I, Grigoriev, IV, Goffinet, B, Sérusiaux, E, and Lutzoni, F. "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, I, White, JB, Miadlikowska, J, Arnold, AE, Miller, MA, Kauff, F, U'Ren, JM, May, G, and Lutzoni, F. "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): 1160-1168. Full Text

Darnajoux, R, Zhang, X, McRose, DL, Miadlikowska, J, Lutzoni, F, Kraepiel, AML, and Bellenger, J-P. "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): 680-689. 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). 2002 to 2019

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

Dimensions: Collaborative Research: An Interdisciplinary Study of Hyperdiverse Endophytic Fungi and Their Function in awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2016

Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: North American Lichens and Bryophytes awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2016

A multilocus phylogenetic study of the Teloschistales awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2013

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