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Mini Symposium on Advances in Fungal Genomics and Evolution

Published:2011-10-25

“Mini Symposium on Advances in Fungal Genomics and Evolution - In Celebration of the Founding of the State Key Laboratory of Mycology” kicked off in the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, on Oct. 22. This symposium was hosted by the State Key Laboratory which has recently been upgraded from the former Key Laboratory of Systematic Mycology and Lichenology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The research fields of the laboratory have expanded from systematics to genetics and genomics of fungi. 

Six of the international leading experts who will attend the 2nd China’s Fungal Genome Initiative Symposium held in Kunming during October 24-25 were invited to present at the mini-symposium. They were: Prof. Joan Bennett (NAS member, Mycologist in Rutgers University); Prof. John W. Taylor (Elected President of International Mycological Association; University of California at Kerkeley); Prof. Zhiqiang An (Professor and Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair in Chemistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston); Dr. Jiujiang Yu (Research Geneticist ); Dr. Igor Grigoriev (Program Head of Fungal Genomics Program, DOE Joint Genome Institute); Dr. Christina Cuomo (Group Leader of Fungal Genome Sequencing & Analysis Broad Institute). Four representative PIs at the Key Laboratory, Profs. Xingzhong Liu, Fengyan Bai, Gang Liu & Shaojie Li, also delivered their reports. The speakers shared their state-of-the-art research and ideas in fungal genomics and evolution with over 140 researchers and students from the Key Laboratory, other laboratories of the Institute and outside institutions, including China Agriculture University and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.