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Mikael Brandström Durling

Mikael Brandström Durling
My main research interest is in the area of evolutionary genomics and population genomics of plant pathogenic fungi. The use of comparative and/or population genetic approaches reveals genes and other properties of the genomes that are involved in adaption of the pathogen to their hosts.


I have a PhD in evolutionary genetics from Uppsala University, working on  molecular evolution in avian and primate genomes. The main topic was evolution of non-coding sequences, including microsatellite evolution.

After moving to SLU I have been working on evolutionary comparative genomics in fungi. The work is focused on questions of the evolution of pathogenicity in fungi, primarily on forest trees. This includes sequencing, de-novo assembly and annotation of fungal genomes and population re-sequencing. Genomic data is then analysed through comparative methods in a phylogenetic context.


Current high throughput sequencing methods combined with the small genome sizes of fungi provides a sweet spot where the complete genomes of large numbers of individuals and related species can be compared in order to address questions of how and why the DNA sequences change over time. I am currently using species from the Heterobasidion species complex as model organisms for this work.

 SCATA - Analysis framework for the analysis of sequenced tagged amplicons, typically derived from high throughput sequencing of microbial communities.


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Researcher at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology; Division of Forest Pathology
Telephone: +4618-671503
Postal address:
Skoglig mykologi och växtpatologi , Box 7026
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Almas Allé 5, Uppsala

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