Congratulations and farewell to Romina!

Romina Gazis, who has been supported by the Open Tree of Life Project and PolyPEET for the last three and a half years, is headed off to a new post-doc in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. At Clark, Romina pursued diverse projects on fungal phylogenetics, ecology of fungal endophytes, and comparative genomics (see pubs below). We will miss Romina tremendously, and wish her well in her new lab.

Going-away party for Romina

Going-away party for Romina (holding Clark memento)


Gazis, A. Kuo, R. Riley, I. Grigoriev, C. Hesse, J. Spatafora, B. Henrissat, M. Hainaut, A. Lipzen, M. Amirebrahim, K. LaButti, J. Lin, and D. Hibbett. 2016. The genome of Xylona heveae provides a window into fungal endophytism. Fungal Biology in press

Hinchcliff, C. E., S. A. Smith, J. F. Allman, G. Burleigh, R. Chaudury, L. Coghill, K. A. Crandall, J. Deng, B. Drew, R. Gazis, K. Gude, D. S. Hibbett, L. A. Katz, H. D. Laughinghouse IV, E. J. McTavish, P. E. Midford, C. L. Owen, R. H. Ree, J. A. Rees, D. E. Soltis, T. Williams, and K. A. Cranston. 2015. Synthesis of phylogeny and taxonomy into a comprehensive tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1423041112

Martin, R., R. Gazis, D. Skaltsas, P. Chaveri and D. S. Hibbett. 2015. Unexpected diversity of basidiomycetous endophytes in sapwood and leaves of Hevea. Mycologia 107:284-297 doi: 10.3852/14-206 PDF

Drew, B.T., R. Gazis, P. Cabezas, K.S. Swithers, J. Deng, R. Rodriguez, L.A. Katz, K.A. Crandall, D.S. Hibbett, D.E. Soltis. 2013. Lost branches on the tree of life. PLOS Biology 11:e1001636. PDF

Drew, B. T., R. Gazis, P. Cabezas Padilla, K. S. Swithers, D. E. Soltis, D. S. Hibbett, K. A. Crandall, L. A. Katz. 2013. Missing data mean holes in the tree of life. Nature 493: 305 (correspondence).