The goal of the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR) is to integrate all aspects of fungal research including environmental and climate initiatives, disease, agriculture, evolution, mathematical modeling, genomics and bioinformatics, and to translate knowledge from fundamental research to stakeholders, the general public, and the scientific community.  CIFR will promote education and understanding of the relative contribution of global biodiversity to the beneficial and deleterious activities of fungi.

Recent News

Nasie Constantino, a postdoc in Ralph Dean’s laboratory, is part of a project developing sensors to detect volatile organic compounds from plants. This project won the 2018 BASF Science Competition, which recognizes young North American researchers making headway with problem-solving ideas. Congratulations!!!!

Congratulations to Marc Cubeta for being selected as one of the 2018 CALS Outstanding Alumni!

Congratulations to Lindsey Becker for being selected as one of the 17 inaugural recipients of the FFAR Fellows award! Lindsey is a Professional Development FFAR Fellow in the Plant Pathology Department at NC State. Her research examines the beneficial relationship between Mortierella elongate, a fungus that breaks down organic matter in soil, and tomato plants. Becker’s industry sponsor is Novozymes.

Peter Ojiambo recently returned from a trip to Bosnia as part of a collaboration between NC State and the dairy industry in Bosnia.

Marc Cubeta and colleagues were part of a collaborative workshop entitled “Drawers, Jars and Databases: Teaching the Hidden Science of Natural History Museums” on July 9-11, 2018.

Several undergraduate researchers from NC State and other universities took part in summer research programs in CIFR laboratories this year. Posters of their research were presented at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on July 30, 2018. We hope you all enjoyed your research experience and wish you the best in the remainder of your university experience!

Several CIFR faculty are mentioned in a recent CALS news article discussing interdisciplinary, collaborative research to “Harness plant-microbe interactions for crop resilience.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Nathan Crook to CIFR! Nathan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. We will also be welcoming Dr. Christine Hawkes and Dr. Kevin Garcia to CIFR when they join the NC State faculty later this summer.

Congratulations to Francis de los Reyes III for receiving an Outstanding Teacher Award!

The new model of graduate education and training proposed in the Duckworth, Andrews, Cubeta, Grunden, and Ojiambo Agriculture & Environmental Letters paper has gotten some additional attention in the February 2018 csa news.

Dr. Oliver Baars is a new Assistant Professor in the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR), Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NC State. He is filling the Biochemical Interactome position within CIFR. Welcome Oliver!