Dr. Jessie Uehling

I am an assistant profressor in Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. My research interests revolve around undesrtanding how fungal symbioses are initiated, maintained, and evolve over time. I am using genomics to understand molecular mechanisms and consequences of fungal symbioses.

As a postdoc at with Drs. Anita Sil and John Taylor UC Berkeley and San Francisco, I was leveraging population genomics to characterize functional genes in the human fungal pathogen Coccidioides.

Before that I studied with Dr. Rytas Vilgalys at Duke University investigating mechanisms for and genomic repercussions of fungal bacterial interactions, using Mucoromycota fungi as a model system.

I started my scientific journey studying tropical plant associated fungal diversity with Dr. Terry Henkel at Humboldt State University, particularly focused on Clavulina systematics and evolution.


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, 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 uehlije[at]oregonstate[dot]edu