News

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.

October 21, 2021

Poster advertising the seminar on Oct 21, 2021.

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!

https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/04/26/three-berkeley-faculty-elected-to-the-national-academy-of-sciences/

https://glasslab.berkeley.edu/

Louise and Pedro at a Glass Lab retreat, in February 2018.