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
  • Immune system of mushroom-forming fungi
  • Food spoilage agents
  • Lignocellulose degradation
  • Insect pathogens
  • Fungal bioluminescence


New lab members: MSc students

This Fall six new MSc students will start a research project (internship) in our group. Welcome everyone and good luck!

  • Christina Koch – MSc student (biodiesel production)
  • Roos Brouns – MSc student (immune system of mushroom-forming fungi)
  • Emma van Roosmalen – MSc student (mushroom development and gene regulation)
  • Giulio de Marco Teixeira – MSc student (mushroom development and gene regulation)
  • Julie Grosse-Sommer – MSc student (mushroom development and gene regulation)
  • Elske Dwars – MSc student (food spoilage fungi)

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.