March 15, 2023
A big shout out to Kanazawa University, particularly Dr. Carsten Beta, for the invitation to give a talk at the Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI), the birthplace of high-speed atomic force microscopy. It was a pleasure to show our work and learn about the amazing technological capabilities. Looking forward to foster this opportunity to collaborate.
January 13, 2023
Collecting wild Neurospora in Taiwan.
December 15, 2022
Check out our editorial on Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, which accompanies the Research Topic ("special issue") Fungi as Cell Factories: Genetic Engineering and Applications (link to the Research Topic here),
The editorial can be read here.
September 8, 2022
It is time to say goodbye to our great lab mates:
Aditya Aryandi Setiawibawa is moving to Singapore to work on microbial biotechnology at the Nanyang Technological University
Izabel Lai will work as a research assistant at China Medical University, in Taichung, Taiwan
Chloe Huang will start her senior year as a Pharmacy undergraduate student and a year-long internship at the NCKU Hospital
In the other direction, we welcome Karen to our team.
Good luck Aditya, Izabel and Chloe and thank you for your contribution.
A final goodbye photo right outside our office.
July 28, 2022
It's a happy day for the Gonçalves Lab. Izabel defended her Master's thesis with a final score of 93.
Congratulations Izabel (and thank you to the members of her committee, Prof. Yu, Prof. Huang, Dr. Wu and Prof. Mo)!
May 20, 2022
Lab lunch to celebrate Izabel's birthday and Eid al-Fitr.
March 1, 2022
Our recent review on fungal cell death is now out. Topics covered include:
Evidence for the potential occurrence of apoptotic-like, necroptosis-like, and pyroptosis-like death in fungi, and the role of the NLR proteins in fungal cell death
Data on meiotic drive elements involved in “spore killing”
The molecular basis of allorecognition-related cell death during cell fusion of genetically dissimilar cells
How fungal regulated cell death can be relevant in developing strategies to avoid resistance and tolerance to antifungal agents
February 16, 2022
The Lab went out for a hot pot and bowling night to welcome Chloe as our new group member and to celebrate the Lunar New Year - the Year of the Tiger. 新年快樂!
February 16, 2022
'Biology and Genetics of Fungi' course begins at the Department of Life Sciences of the National Cheng Kung University. All are welcome to come learn about fungi.
December 29, 2021
We feel very happy and honored that our grant proposal to study antifungal drug resistance was awarded with funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. We are looking forward to putting it into action!
December 1, 2021
As a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the National Cheng Kung University, our group went to the Special Exhibition of Campus Life to see and learn about the former dormitories and student clubs of the University.
A little piece of NCKU's history with "fungal elements": In 1987, NCKU's Mountaineering Club used mushrooms in one of their activity booklets to indicate the height of the mountains in central Taiwan that they were about to climb.
November 18, 2021
Pedro and and the host Yin-Tse.
Pedro gave a talk at the Department of Biomedical Science and Environmental Biology, Kaohsiung Medical University, on the topic of fungal social interactions. Thank you to Prof. Yin-Tse Huang (Huang Lab) for the invitation.
November 6, 2021
Izabel practicing her presentation in the outdoors (November 5, 2021).
Our lab was represented at the Annual Meeting of the Mycological Society of Taiwan, which took place on November 6, 2021, as an online conference. Izabel presented her project during the student session.
Pedro gave a talk at the Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, on the topic of fungal social interactions. Thank you to Prof. Echo Hsu (Evo-Eco group) for the invitation.
September 27, 2021
'Lab lunch' to celebrate Aditya's arrival to our group, and with Prof. Meei Jyh Jiang from our department as our guest.
Photo taken on September 27, 2021.
September 1, 2021
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology just launched a Research Topic on "Fungi as Cell Factories: Genetic Engineering and Applications", edited by Pedro Gonçalves, Sonja Billerbeck (University of Groningen) and Anderson Oliveira (University of São Paulo). We are looking forward to receiving works on recent research advances that revolve around the fields of biotechnology, synthetic biology, genomics, bioinformatics, natural products, and the delineation of biosynthetic pathways in fungi. More details can be found here.
Research topic/special issue on "Fungi as Cell Factories: Genetic Engineering and Applications" in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
August 31, 2021
Aditya Aryandi Setiawibawa will be joining our group in October to work on an exciting project at the intersection of fungal biotechnology and folk medicine. Welcome Aditya!
Aditya's visit to NCKU on August 31, 2021.
June 16, 2021
Izabel Lai, who has joined our group a month ago, presented her research proposal to her fellow Master's students and faculty of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. Izabel's project will focus on the mechanisms of regulation of antifungal drug resistance by the transcription factor CZT-1. Welcome Izabel, and good luck!
A snapshot of Izabel's online presentation.
June 11, 2021
It's official. Neurospora crassa strains are inoculated for the first time at the National Cheng Kung University!
Izabel working with Neurospora for the first time.
April 30, 2021
Our collaborator Prof. Louise Glass (University of California, Berkeley) has been elected to join the United States' National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors in the scientific field worldwide. Congratulations Louise on this big achievement!
Louise and Pedro at a Glass Lab retreat, in February 2018.