• Francois M Lutzoni

  • Duke Herbarium
  • 357 Bio Sci Building
  • Campus Box 90338
  • Phone: (919) 660-7261
  • Fax: 660-7293
  • Homepage
  • Specialties

    • Lichens
  • Research Summary

    Evolution of symbiotic systems
  • Teaching

    • BIOLOGY 212L.001
      • GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
      • LSRC B101
      • MW 11:45 AM-12:35 PM
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Botany,
      • Duke University,
      • 1995
      • M. Sc.,
      • University of Ottawa,
      • 1990
      • B. Sc.,
      • Université Laval,
      • 1987
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • C. J. Alexopoulos Award,
      • Mycological Society of America,
      • August, 2005
      • George R. Cooley Award,
      • American Society of Plant Taxonomist,
      • 2000
      • Twelfth Annual Perry Prize,
      • Department of Botany, Duke University,
      • 1996
      • Duke University Mellon Program in Plant Systematics Dissertation Fellowship,
      • Duke University,
      • 1994-1995
      • Mycological Society of America Graduate Fellowship,
      • Mycological Society of America,
      • 1993
      • New England Botanical Club Award for the Support of Botanical Research,
      • New England Botanical Club,
      • 1992
      • A. J. Sharp Award,
      • Botanical Society of America.,
      • 1989
      • Lionel Cinq-Mars Award,
      • Canadian Botanical Association,
      • 1989
  • Selected Publications

      • McDonald, T., Dietrich, F., and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2012).
      • Multiple horizontal gene transfers of ammonium transporters/ammonia permeases from prokaryotes to eukaryotes: toward a new functional and evolutionary classification.
      • Molecular Biology and Evolution
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      • 51-60.
      • Geml, J., Kauff, F., Brochmann, C., Lutzoni, F., Laursen, G., Redhead, S.A., and Taylor, D.L..
      • (2012).
      • Frequent circumarctic and rare transequatorial dispersals in the lichenised agaric genus Lichenomphalia (Hygrophoraceae, Basidiomycota).
      • Fungal Biology
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      • 116
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      • 388-400.
      • Gaya, E., Högnabba, F., Holguin, A., Molnar, K., Fernandez–Brime, S., Stenroos, S., Arup, U., Søchting, U., Van den Boom, P., Lücking, R., Sipman, H. J. M., Lutzoni, F..
      • (2012).
      • Implementing a cumulative supermatrix approach for a comprehensive phylogenetic study of the Teloschistales (Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota).
      • Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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      • 63
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      • 374-387.
      • Hodkinson, B. P., Gottel, N. R., Schadt, C. W., and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2012).
      • Photoautotrophic symbiont and geography are major factors affecting highly-structured and diverse bacterial communities in the lichen microbiome.
      • Environmental Microbiology
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      • 147-161.
      • (Special issue entitled "Omics Driven Microbial Ecology”)
      • Joneson, S., Armaleo, D., and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2011).
      • Fungal and algal gene expression in early developmental stages of lichen symbiosis.
      • Mycologia
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      • 103
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      • 291-306.
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      • U'Ren, J., Lutzoni, F., Miadlikowska, J., and Arnold, A. E..
      • (2010).
      • Community analysis reveals close affinities between endophytic and endolichenic fungi in mosses and lichens.
      • Microbial Ecology
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      • 340-353.
      • O’Brien, H. E., Miadlikowska, J., and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2009).
      • Assessing reproductive isolation in highly diverse communities of the lichen-forming fungus Peltigera.
      • Evolution
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      • 2076-2086.
      • Arnold, A. E., Miadlikowska, J., Higgins, K. L., Sarvate, S. D., Gugger, P., Way, A., Hofstetter, V., Kauff, F., Lutzoni, F..
      • (2009).
      • A phylogenetic estimation of trophic transition networks for ascomycetous fungi: Are lichens cradles of symbiotrophic fungal diversification?.
      • Systematic Biology
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      • 58
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      • 283-297.
      • McLaughlin, D. J., Hibbett, D. S., Lutzoni, F., Spatafora, J. W., and Vilgalys, R..
      • (2009).
      • The search for the fungal tree of life.
      • Trends in Microbiology
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      • 17
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      • 488-497.
      • Gueidan, C., Ruibal Villasenor, C., de Hoog, S., Gorbushina, A., Untereiner, W. A., Lutzoni, F..
      • (2008).
      • An extremotolerant rock-inhabiting ancestor for mutualistic and pathogen-rich fungal lineages.
      • Studies in Mycology
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      • 61
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      • 111-119.
      • Hibbett, D. S., Binder, M., Bischoff, J. F., Blackwell, M., Cannon, P. F., Eriksson, O., Huhndorf, S., James, T., Kirk, P. M., Lücking, R., Lumbsch, T., Lutzoni, F., Matheny, P. B., McLaughlin, D. J., Powell, M. J., Redhead, S., Schoch, C. L., Spatafora, J. W., Stalpers, J. A., Vilgalys, R., Aime, M. C., Aptroot, A., Bauer, R., Begerow, D., Benny, G. L., Castlebury, L. A., Crous, P. W., Dai, Y.-C., Gams, W., Geiser, D. M., Griffith, G. W., Gueidan, C., Hawksworth, D. L., Hestmark, G., Hosaka, K., Humber, R. A., Hyde, K., Koljalg, U., Kurtzman, C. P., Larsson, K.-H., Lichtward, R., Longcore, J., Miadlikowska, J., Miller, A., Monclavo, J.-M., Mozley-Standridge, S., Oberwinkler, F., Parmasto, E., Reeb, V., Rogers, J. D., Roux, C., Ryvarden, L., Sampaio, J. P., Schuessler, A., Sugiyama, J., Thorn, R. G., Tibell, L., Untereiner, W. A., Walker, C., Wang, Z., Weir, A., Weiss, M., White, M., Winka, K., Yao, Y.-J., Zhang, N..
      • (2007).
      • A higher-level phylogenetic classification of the Fungi.
      • Mycological Research
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      • 509-547.
      • Arnold, A. E., Henk, D. A., Eells, R. L., Lutzoni, F. and Vilgalys, R..
      • (2007).
      • Diversity and phylogenic affinities of foliar fungal endophytes in loblolly pine inferred by culturing and environmental PCR.
      • Mycologia
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      • 99
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      • 185-206.
      • Kauff, F., Cox, C., and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2007).
      • WASABI: An Automated Sequence Processing System for Multi-Gene Phylogenies.
      • Systematic Biology
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      • 523-531.
      • Arnold, A. E. and Lutzoni F..
      • (2007).
      • Diversity and host range of foliar fungal endophytes: Are tropical leaves biodiversity hotspots?.
      • Ecology
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      • 541-549.
      • Reeb, V., Haugen, P., Bhattacharya, D. and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2007).
      • Evolution of Pleopsidium (lichenized Ascomycota) S943 group I introns and the phylogeography of an intron-encoded putative homing endonuclease.
      • Journal of Molecular Evolution
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      • 64
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      • 285-298.
      • Rydholm, C., Dyer, P. S., and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2007).
      • DNA sequence characterization and molecular evolution of MAT1 and MAT2 mating-type loci of the self-compatible ascomycete mold Neosartorya fischeri..
      • Eukaryotic Cell
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      • 6
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      • 868-874.
      • James, T. Y., Kauff, F., Schoch, C., Matheny, P. B., Hofstetter, V., Cox, C. J., Celio, G., Gueidan, C., Fraker, E., Miadlikowska, J., Lumbsch, T., Rauhut, A., Reeb, V., Arnold, A. E., Amtoft, A., Stajich, J. E., Hosaka, K., Sung, G.-H., Johnson, D., O’Rourke, B., Binder, M., Curtis, J. M., Slot, J. C., Wang, Z., Wilson, A. W., Schüßler, A., Longcore, J. E., O’Donnell, K., Mozley-Standridge, S., Porter, D., Letcher, P. M., Powell, M. J., Taylor, J. W., White, M. M., Griffith, G. W., Davies, D. R., Sugiyama, J., Rossman, A. Y., Rogers, J. D., Pfister, D. H., Hewitt, D., Hansen, K., Hambleton, S., Shoemaker, R. A., Kohlmeyer, J., Volkmann-Kohlmeyer, B., Spotts, R. A., Serdani, M., Crous, P. W., Hughes, K. W., Matsuura, K., Langer, E., Langer, G., Untereiner, W. A., Lücking, R., Büdel, B., Geiser, D. M., Aptroot, A., Buck, W. R., Cole, M. S., Diederich, P., Printzen, C., Schmitt, I., Schultz, M., Yahr, R., Zavarzin, A., Hibbett, D. H., Lutzoni, F., McLaughlin, D. J., Spatafora, J. W., Vilgalys, R..
      • (2006).
      • Reconstructing the early evolution of the Fungi using a six-gene phylogeny.
      • Nature
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      • 443
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      • 818-822.
      • Miadlikowska, J., Kauff, F., Hofstetter, V., Fraker, E., Grube, M., Hafellner, J., Reeb, V., Hodkinson, B. P., Kukwa, M., Lücking, R., Hestmark, G., Otalora, M. A. G., Rauhut, A., Büdel, B., Scheidegger, C., Timdal, I., Stenroos, S., Brodo, I., Perlmutter, G., Ertz, D., Diederich, P., Lendemer, J. C., Tripp, E., Yahr, R., May, P., Gueidan, C., Arnold, A. E., Robertson, C., and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2006).
      • New insights into classification and evolution of the Lecanoromycetes (Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota) from phylogenetic analyses of three ribosomal RNA- and two protein-coding genes.
      • Mycologia
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      • 98
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      • 1090-1103.
      • Paoletti, M., Rydholm, C., Schwier, E., Anderson, M. J., Szakacs, G., Lutzoni, F., Debeaupuis, J.-P, Latgé, J.-P., Denning, D. W., Dyer, P. S..
      • (2005).
      • Evidence for sexuality in the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus..
      • Current Biology
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      • 1242-1248.
      • O’Brien, H., Miadlikowska, J., and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2005).
      • Assessing host specialization in symbiotic Cyanobacteria associated with four closely related species of the lichen fungus Peltigera.
      • European Journal of Phycology
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      • 363-378.
      • Haugen, P., Reeb, V., Lutzoni, F., Bhattacharya, D..
      • (2004).
      • The evolution of homing endonuclease genes and group I introns in nuclear rDNA..
      • Molecular Biology and Evolution
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      • 105-116.
      • Lutzoni, F., Kauff, F., Cox, C., McLaughlin, D., Celio, G., Dentinger, B., Padamsee, M., Hibbett, D., James, T., Baloch, E., Grube, M., Reeb, V., Hofstetter, V., Shcoch, C., Arnold, A. E., Miadlikowska, J., Spatafora, J., Johnson, D., Hambleton, S., et al.
      • (2004).
      • Assembling the fungal tree of life: Progress, classification, and evolution of subcellular traits.
      • American Journal of Botany
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      • 91
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      • 1446-1480.
      • Alfaro, M, Zoller, S, and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2003).
      • Bayes or bootstrap? A simulation study comparing the performance of Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling and bootstrapping in assessing phylogenetic confidence.
      • Molecular Biology and Evolution
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      • 255-266.
      • Barker, F.K. and Lutzoni, F..
      • (2002).
      • The utility of the incongruence length difference test..
      • Systematic Biology
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      • 51
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      • 625-637.
      • F.M. Lutzoni, M. Pagel, and V. Reeb.
      • (2001).
      • Major fungal lineages are derived from lichen symbiotic ancestors.
      • Nature
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      • 411
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      • 937-940.
      • F.M. Lutzoni, Wagner, P., Reeb, V., and Zoller, S..
      • (2000).
      • Integrating ambiguously aligned regions of DNA sequences in phylogenetic analyses without violating positional homology.
      • Systematic Biology
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      • 49
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      • 628-651.
      • Bhattacharya, D., Lutzoni, F., Reeb, V., Simon, D., Nason, J., Fernandez, F..
      • (2000).
      • Widespread occurrence of spliceosomal introns in the rDNA genes of ascomycetes.
      • Molecular Biology and Evolution
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      • 1971-1984.
      • Zoller, S., Lutzoni F., and Scheidegger, C..
      • (1999).
      • Genetic variability within and among populations of the threatened foliose lichen Lobaria pulmonaria (L.).
      • Molecular Ecology
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      • 2049-2060.
      • Hoffm. in Switzerland..
      • Lutzoni, F., and Pagel, M.
      • (1997).
      • Accelerated evolution as a consequence of transitions to mutualism.
      • Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci
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      • 94
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      • 11422-11427.
      • Lutzoni, F.
      • (1997).
      • Phylogeny of lichen- and non lichen-forming omphalinoid mushrooms and the utility of testing for combinability among multiple data sets.
      • Systematic Biology
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      • 373-406.
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Camille Truong
      • February 2013 - present
    • Emilie Lefevre
      • October, 2011 - August, 2013
    • Eimy Rivas Plata
      • August, 2011 - July, 2013
    • Ryoko Oono
      • March, 2011 - December, 2013
    • Olaf Mueller
      • November, 2010 - December 2012
    • Ester Gaya
      • October 1, 2006 - July 31, 2012
      • Postdoctoral Researcher. Department of Biology, Duke University. Fulbright Fellowship and NSF grant NSF DEB–Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventory; A multilocus phylogenetic study of the Teloschistales (Ascomycota) and the evolution of symbiotic systems. Main advisor. Accepted a position as Senior Researcher in Mycology at Kew Royal Botanical Garden, UK. Starting date: July 1, 2013
    • Valerie Reeb
      • June 1, 2005 - June 31, 2006
      • Postdoctoral Researcher, Duke Univesity, funded by NSF-CAREER grant to F. Lutzoni.
    • Elizabeth Arnold
      • January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2004
      • **In October 2003, accepted a position of Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Plant Sciences, Division of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, at the University of Arizona. Starting date: January 2005. **Recipient of an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Microbial Biology, (2002).
    • Cymon Cox
      • January 1, 2003 - May 01, 2005
      • Postdoctoral researcher, Duke University Funded by NSF-Assembling the Tree Of Life grant to F. Lutzoni. **In March 2005, accepted a postdoctoral position at the British Museum (UK) under the supervision of Peter Foster. Starting date: June 2005.
    • Valérie Hofstetter
      • January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2005
      • Postdoctoral researcher, Duke University Funded by NSF-Assembling the Tree Of life grant to F. Lutzoni. **Recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Swiss National Foundation (2002-2003).
    • Frank Kauff
      • July 1, 2002 - November 25, 2006
      • Funded by Duke University, NSF-CAREER grant and NSF- Assembling the Tree Of Life grant to F. Lutzoni.
    • Stefan Zoller
      • 1999 to 2002
      • Postdoctoral researcher, Duke University. Swiss National Foundation, FMNH and Duke University start-up budget to F. Lutzoni. ** Since Dec. 2002, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the North Carolina Supercomputer Center, USA. ** Since Spring 2004, System Administrator for a cluster of 60 computers and Research Associate to conduct global climate change simulations in the Department of Environmental and Climate Physics at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
  • PhD Students

    • Edgar Medina
      • 2012 - 2013
    • Ko-Hsuan Chen
      • 2011 - present
    • Nicholas Magain
      • August 30, 2011 - present
    • Kathryn Picard
      • Aug. 2009 - July 2013
      • *** Recipient of a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from NSF (2013). *** Recipient of one of two awards for best oral presentation by a graduate student at the annual meeting of the Mycological Society of America (2012). *** Recipient of a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Mycological Society of America (2012). ***Recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2009. ***Recipient of a fellowship from the Ford Foundation in 2009. ***Recipient of a Dean’s Fellowship from Duke University in 2009.
    • Cécile Gueidan
      • July 1, 2002-Dec. 31, 2007
      • Status: PostPrelim
      • ***In her fifth year of her Ph.D., Cécile Gueidan was offered a researcher position at the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS) in The Netherlands. This is one of the largest fungal culture collections in the world. Her appointment was for five years with a possibility to apply for permanency after three years. She accepted this position and the starting date of this position was January 1, 2008. In January 2010 she moved to the British Museum, London, UK, to take a leading research position in lichenology. After a year this will be a permanent position. ***(Jan. 1, 2008-Dec. 2009) Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS), The Netherlands. ***(Jan. 2010-present) Researcher, British Museum, London, UK. ***Recipient of a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Mycological Society of America (2006). ***Recipient of a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from NSF (2004) ***Recipient of a Mini-PEET from the Society of Systematic Biologists (2003) ***Recipient of the Society of Systematic Biologists Awards for Graduate Student Research, Evolution meeting (2003). ***Recipient of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists Graduate Research Award (2003).
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