Fungal Genomics


The Fungal Genomics group is led by Robin Ohm and is part of the Microbiology lab at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. The group takes a functional genomics approach to answer biological questions about fungal growth, development and pathogenesis.

Research interests:

  • Fungal comparative genomics
  • Mushroom development
  • Lignocellulose degradation
  • Food spoilage agents
  • Insect pathogens
  • Fungal bioluminescence


New paper: five Ophiocordyceps genomes

Today our paper was published in Scientific Reports, which was the result of the ongoing collaboration with Charissa de Bekker:

Ant-infecting Ophiocordyceps genomes reveal a high diversity of potential behavioral manipulation genes and a possible major role for enterotoxins

We sequenced and annotated five genomes of Ophiocoryceps species that can infect ants and modify their behavior. Comparative genomics and transcriptomics revealed novel candidate genes that may be involved in this behavior modification.

The genome of Ophiocordyceps kimflemingae (previously known as O. unilateralis) can be browsed interactively by clicking on Genome Browser in the menu bar.

Three new group members

In the past few weeks three new group members started:

  • Maarten Punt started his PhD project about food spoilage fungi
  • Natalia Escobar will work on regulators of mushroom development
  • Jonas Jonkers started a 10 week BSc project about comparative genomics of fungi


New lab members

This week two new lab members started. Welcome!

  • Peter Jan Vonk started his PhD project. He will work on regulators of mushroom development.
  • Florian Hennicke is a visiting researcher from Frankfurt and will do a sabbatical in the lab. His focus is Agrocybe aegerita.

ERC Starting Grant

Robin Ohm has been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The grant of 1.5 million euros allows the group to study the genetics of mushroom development using the model system Schizophyllum commune.