My long term research interests are to understand how selective pressures affect  symbiotic microbial genome content and how population diversity reflects natural history of these processes. This innate curiosity has driven my scientific exploration of plant associated fungi, bacterial-fungal interactions, and human pathogenic fungal interactions. I use genomics in these systems to probe how fungal symbioses are established and maintained over time.

Fungal Microbiome

Human fungal pathogen evolution

PNW Fungal Diversity

Ganoderma macro- and micro-morphological structures modified from Porter et al. 2023

Tropical Plant-Fungal Interactions

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Dicymbe corymbosa root tip colonized by ECM fungi, fungal tissue in red