october, 2020

12oct7:00 pm9:00 pmCMS Meeting: Dr. Alisha Quandt - Diversity, Host Jumping, and Mind Control in Cordyceps-like fungiDiversity, Host Jumping, and Mind Control in Cordyceps-like fungi

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Diversity, Host Jumping, and Mind Control in Cordyceps-like fungi

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Dr. Alisha Quandt is an Assistant Professor of Mycology in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. Alisha fell in love with fungi during college where she decided she would do whatever was necessary to do mycological research as a career. For graduate school, she moved to the lush Pacific Northwest to study fungal systematics with Dr. Joey Spatafora, a world renown fungal systematist and expert in insect pathogenic fungi, at Oregon State University. Alisha completed her PhD work on the evolution of host jumping in Cordyceps-like fungi, which took her collecting in beautiful places in China, South Korea, and the Appalachian Mountains of her native Tennessee. After finishing her PhD, Alisha went to work with Dr. Tim James at the University of Michigan, where she studyed cryptic, intracellular fungi that are the size of bacteria. At CU Boulder, Alisha teaches courses in Mycology and Microbiology and has research projects focusing on systematics of cup fungi in Ascomycota and their distribution in the Rocky Mountains, experimental evolution in insect pathogens, and mycorrhizal fungi associated with sunflower roots.


(Monday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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