The fungal kingdom holds a large variety of economically and biologically important organisms. Fungi are the earth's best degraders of organic matter and play a large role as fundamental model systems in genetics and biological research. As a result, fungal research is important to comprehensively understand important questions in evolutionary biology.
In this group, we perform research at the interface between mycology and evolutionary biology. Current projects include research into centromere evolution, investigation of oleaginous fungi in regards to their efficiency and capabilities to break down petroleum products and screening of fungal diversity present in heavily polluted industrial environments, as well as research into genomics and evolution of Marasmius oreades and the fungal order Sordariales. All of our work depends heavily on bioinformatics, needed (amongst other things) to perform metagenomics analysis, sequence analysis and phylogenetic tree construction.