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

Policelli, N, Bruns, TD, Vilgalys, R, and Nuñez, MA. "Suilloid fungi as global drivers of pine invasions." The New Phytologist 222, no. 2 (April 2019): 714-725. Full Text

Liao, H-L, Bonito, G, Rojas, JA, Hameed, K, Wu, S, Schadt, CW, Labbe, JL, Tuskan, G, Martin, FM, Grigoriev, IV, and Vilgalys, R. "Fungal endophytes of Populus trichocarpa alter host phenotype, gene expression and rhizobiome composition." Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions : Mpmi (January 30, 2019). Full Text

Hibbett, DS, Blackwell, M, James, TY, Spatafora, JW, Taylor, JW, and Vilgalys, R. "Phylogenetic taxon definitions for Fungi, Dikarya, Ascomycota and Basidiomycota." Ima Fungus 9, no. 2 (December 1, 2018): 291-298. Full Text

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 and Technology 52, no. 15 (August 7, 2018): 8272-8282. 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 (February 12, 2018): 31-null. Full Text

Johansen, RB, Johnston, P, Mieczkowski, P, Perry, GLW, 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 1, 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


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