Dr. Jessie Uehling

My research interests revolve around understanding how fungal symbioses are initiated, maintained, and evolve over time

I am an assistant professor in Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. My research group and I are using genomics to understand molecular mechanisms and evolutionary consequences of fungal symbioses.

You can learn more about me and my path into Mycology on my website. As a postdoc at UC San Francisco, I was leveraging population genomics to characterize functional genes in the human fungal pathogen Coccidioides with Drs. Anita Sil and John Taylor at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. Before that I studied at Duke University investigating mechanisms for and genomic repercussions of fungal bacterial interactions, with Dr. Rytas Vilgalys. I started my scientific journey studying tropical plant associated fungal diversity at Humboldt State University with Dr. Terry Henkel, particularly focused on Clavulina systematics and evolution.

Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant

My name is Kyle Mondron, and I’m currently a FRA (Faculty Research Assistant) at Oregon State University, but will be applying as a Ph.D. student for Fall 2021. I graduated with a M.S. in Sustainable Forest Management, where my research involved finding associations between the genetics of a population of hybrid poplars and resistance/susceptibility to infection with Sphaerulina musiva (with a focus on stem canker phenotypes). I’m excited to begin working in the Uehling lab so that I can learn more about fungal-bacterial interactions, including differences in genomic content based upon historic interactions with endobacteria (e.g. genomic reduction), gene expression and regulation, and how these interactions may have affected the evolutionary history of both host and bacteria. I have a lot to learn, but also a lot of patience and energy as well! I enjoy a variety of other topics outside mycology, including: basic computer science, languages, music, and video games.

Please see my website and follow me on my Twitter! @kylemondron.

Antonia Fodor, Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Antonia Fodor and I am currently a 3rd year biology student at Oregon State University. I have worked as a lab assistant before but I was never involved in research. I don’t have any experience working in a mycological laboratory, but I am very excited to learn everything about this research and talk to others who have more experience than me. Some information about me: I was born and raised in Romania and I moved to the US 7 years ago. I like to travel and learn more about other cultures, also I am passionate about languages. In my free time I like to read, hike, and work out.

Follow me on Twitter! @antonian158

Brandon Stairs, Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Brandon Stairs, I’m a junior majoring in biology with a chemistry minor. I haven’t had any lab experience which makes me extremely excited to be able to be part of this lab. Outside of class my mycological knowledge is limited but I’m excited to learn and develop skills that could be useful in the future. I plan use my research experience in Uehling lab to help in identifying what research topic to pursue my masters degree. I enjoy cooking, taking pictures of the outdoors (especially Corvallis in the fall and spring), and reading. 

Follow me on Twitter!! @stairs_brandon

Kimberly Syring, Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Kim Syring, and I am currently in the Bioresource Research program here at Oregon State. Before OSU, I spent three years working as a quality specialist for a brewing laboratory. During my time there I conducted research on brewery microflora, yeast and bacterial spoilage organisms, and the interactions these microorganisms have in packaged beer. While my previous experience working with fungal organisms is limited, my interest in mycology expands beyond fermentation science. I am looking forward to learning more about fungal symbioses within ecosystems, the phylogenomics of these interactions, and all the research being done in the Uehling lab. I plan on continuing to pursue mycological topics as the basis for my master’s thesis. I try to spend most of my free time outside hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing. If I get stuck indoors, I like to cook and paint.

I welcome inquiries from interested persons to join or visit the lab. See below for more information, and contact me if you have any questions.

Graduate students

I am always interested in hearing from prospective graduate students who have a strong interest in the fungal symbioses, and community diversity. Prospective PhD students should have some specific ideas for research, while prospective Masters students do not necessarily need to have specific ideas. In all cases, I expect to work collaboratively with you to develop your graduate research plan. Prospective PhD students should have substantial previous research experience, either as an undergraduate or through a Masters degree. Funding for graduate education can come from three sources—teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. I sometimes have funding for graduate students through research assistantships (ask me); otherwise, funding for admitted graduate students is provided through teaching assistantships in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department. In addition, if you have specific ideas for research and a highly competitive academic record, I would be happy to consider helping you apply for outside fellowship funding, such as a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (for USA citizens only), a Fulbright Fellowship (for most non-USA citizens), or an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (Canadian citizens only). Some additional options for funding and scholarships, and useful information, can be found here and here. Find more information about the Graduate School’s admission policies, deadlines. Note that the Oregon State Botany and Plant department has their own unique admissions requirements and deadlines, available here.

Post-docs and Visiting Scientists

If you are interested in joining the lab as a post-doctoral associate or visiting scientist, I would like to hear from you about potential areas of collaborative research. I may occasionally have funding to support post-docs (ask me). If you have specific research ideas, I will also consider helping you apply for outside funding, including fellowships from the National Science Foundation (for USA citizens only), a Fulbright Fellowship (for non-USA citizens), or an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Canadian citizens only). Other fellowships for specific groups include L’Oreal, (women in science), HHMI Hanna Grey (underrepresented groups including gender, racial, ethnic, and disadvantaged), and Ford Foundation (groups currently under-represented in the American professoriate)

Living in Corvallis

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Oregon State University is located in Corvallis OR , ~ 2 hr drive from Portland, and about ~1 hr from the Oregon Coast. Corvallis (population ~57,000) is charming and offers a high quality of life for its residents. Corvallis is highly ranked by livability.com, who says, “Located along the Willamette River, Corvallis (and the rest of Benton County) has a ton of local wineries, distilleries and breweries, plus amazing restaurants serving up fresh, locally sourced foods. This city loves art, too, and has tons of murals, a downtown art walk, an independent movie house, an arts center and several theaters. In addition, Corvallis is home to more than 25 software companies (plus Hewlett-Packard’s 2.3 million-square-foot research campus) and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, a collaborative research center doing tons of cool research and commercial development projects. The opportunities here are endless.”

For more info email me at jessie.uehling[at]oregonstate[dot]edu

Lab Alumni

Jett Guerra, Undergraduate Researcher