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, Geneseo 1978

Lofgren, Lotus A., Nhu H. Nguyen, Rytas Vilgalys, Joske Ruytinx, Hui-Ling Liao, Sara Branco, Alan Kuo, et al. “Comparative genomics reveals dynamic genome evolution in host specialist ectomycorrhizal fungi.New Phytol 230, no. 2 (April 2021): 774–92. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17160. Full Text

Peng, Long, Xiaoliang Shan, Yuchen Wang, Francis Martin, Rytas Vilgalys, and Zhilin Yuan. “Hybrid genome assembly and gene repertoire of the root endophyte Clitopilus hobsonii QYL-10 (Entolomataceae, Agaricales, Basidiomycetes).Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions : Mpmi, February 2021. https://doi.org/10.1094/mpmi-11-20-0328-a. Full Text

Bazzicalupo, Anna L., Joske Ruytinx, Yi-Hong Ke, Laura Coninx, Jan V. Colpaert, Nhu H. Nguyen, Rytas Vilgalys, and Sara Branco. “Fungal heavy metal adaptation through single nucleotide polymorphisms and copy-number variation.Molecular Ecology 29, no. 21 (November 2020): 4157–69. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15618. Full Text

Miyauchi, Shingo, Enikő Kiss, Alan Kuo, Elodie Drula, Annegret Kohler, Marisol Sánchez-García, Emmanuelle Morin, et al. “Large-scale genome sequencing of mycorrhizal fungi provides insights into the early evolution of symbiotic traits.Nature Communications 11, no. 1 (October 12, 2020): 5125. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-18795-w. Full Text

Peng, Jingyu, J Alejandro Rojas, Hyunkyu Sang, Tyre J. Proffer, Cory A. Outwater, Rytas Vilgalys, and George W. Sundin. “Draft Genome Sequence Resource for Blumeriella jaapii, the Cherry Leaf Spot Pathogen.Phytopathology 110, no. 9 (September 2020): 1507–10. https://doi.org/10.1094/phyto-03-20-0082-a. Full Text

Czaplicki, Lauren M., Lauren K. Redfern, Ellen M. Cooper, P Lee Ferguson, Rytas Vilgalys, and Claudia K. Gunsch. “Investigating the mycobiome of the Holcomb Creosote Superfund Site.Chemosphere 252 (August 2020): 126208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.126208. Full Text

Zhang, K., G. Bonito, C. M. Hsu, K. Hameed, R. Vilgalys, and H. L. Liao. “Mortierella elongata increases plant biomass among non-leguminous crop species.” Agronomy 10, no. 5 (May 1, 2020). https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10050754. Full Text

Bier, R. L., J. J. Wernegreen, R. J. Vilgalys, J. C. Ellis, and E. S. Bernhardt. “Subsidized or stressed? Shifts in freshwater benthic microbial metagenomics along a gradient of alkaline coal mine drainage.” Limnology and Oceanography 65, no. S1 (January 1, 2020): S277–92. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11301. Full Text

Liao, Hui-Ling, Gregory Bonito, J Alejandro Rojas, Khalid Hameed, Steven Wu, Christopher W. Schadt, Jessy Labbé, et al. “Fungal Endophytes of Populus trichocarpa Alter Host Phenotype, Gene Expression, and Rhizobiome Composition.Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions : Mpmi 32, no. 7 (July 2019): 853–64. https://doi.org/10.1094/mpmi-05-18-0133-r. Full Text


Selected Grants

Genetic and Genomics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2020 to 2025

Convergence RAISE: Harnessing Extracellular Vesicle Mediated Interkingdom Communication awarded by National Science Foundation (Investigator). 2019 to 2022

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

DOE Genomics GTL: PlantMicrobe Interfaces awarded by Oak Ridge National Labs (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2021

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

Collaborative Research: The Zygomycetes Genealogy of Life (ZyGoLife) - the conundrum of Kingdom Fungi awarded by University of California - Riverside (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018