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UC Riverside plant pathologist receives national recognition
Date:7/9/2014

fungi, and human pathogenic fungi. His work also focuses on building new methods for comparative and evolutionary genomics. His also co-leads a project to generate genome sequence and analyze 1000 fungal genomes.

Borkovich noted that some of Stajich's notable contributions are: sequence analysis of numerous fungal genomes that are hosted at his ; the discovery of an active transposable element in Neurospora crassa; the finding that both genetic and non-genetic factors in pathogenic Chytrid fungi are contributing to the world-wide decline of host amphibians; and the identification of novel cell wall genes that may present new targets for development of antifungal agents with applications to medicine and agriculture."

Stajich is the recipient of a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship and a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at UC Berkeley. Since joining UCR, he has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Burroughs Welcome Fund, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

At the annual meeting of the Mycological Society of America last month, he presented research on the evolution of the fungal cell wall examining early diverging lineages of fungi. His graduate student, Steven Ahrendt, presented a poster on the inhibitory properties of a Chytridiomycota fungus that affects growth of some filamentous fungi. Ahrendt, who worked closely with Stajich on the research, won the best graduate student poster award.


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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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