Marco Alexandre Guerreiro

Position: Postdoc

E-mail: mguerreiro[a]



Twitter: @GuerreiroMarcoA

Research interests

My research interests include numerous aspects of fungal genomics, diversity, ecology, taxonomy, systematics and genomic evolution. My previous research has focused namely on mating-type evolution in Basidiomycetes, fungal community ecology and roles in natural ecosystem processes, and biostatistics approaches. In my project at Stukenbrock’s lab, I will study the Trichosporonales order and (1) address genome evolution associated with lifestyle transitions from saprobic to pathogenic by comparative genomics; (2) determine specific physiological adaptations and genomic signatures associated with the different lifestyles; (3) determine the taxonomic diversity within the group; and (4) provide insights into how new fungal pathogens emerge.

Short CV

2022 – present: PostDoc (Walter Benjamin Programme) in the group of Prof. Eva Stukenbrock, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

2019 – 2021: PostDoc in the group of Prof. Dominik Begerow, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

2014 – 2019: PhD in Biology in the group of Prof. Dominik Begerow, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

2012 – 2014: Research Associate in the group of Prof. Álvaro Fonseca, NOVA University Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

2010 – 2012: MSc in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine in the group of Prof. Álvaro Fonseca, NOVA University Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

2007 – 2010: BSc in Biotechnology, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal


Witfeld F, Begerow D, Guerreiro MA. 2021. Enrichment cultivation-based approach to isolate thermophilic, thermotolerant and heat-resistant fungi from compost and soil. Mycological Progress 20, 325–339.

Kambach S, Sadlowski C, Peršoh D, Guerreiro MA,  Auge H, Röhl O, Bruelheide H. 2021. Foliar fungal endophytes in a tree diversity experiment are driven by the identity but not the diversity of tree species. Life 11(10): 1081.

Ortmeyer F, Begerow D, Guerreiro MA, Wohnlich S, Banning A. 2021. Comparison of denitrification induced by various organic substances—Reaction rates, microbiology, and temperature effect. Water Resources Research 57, e2021WR029793.

Guerreiro MA, Ahrendt S, Pangilinan J, Chen C, Yan M, Lipzen A, Barry K, Grigoriev IV, Begerow D, Nowrousian M. 2021. Draft genome sequences of strains CBS6241 and CBS6242 of the basidiomycetous yeast Filobasidium floriforme. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics jkab398.

Bueker B, Guerreiro MA, Hood ME, Brachmann A, Rahmann S, Begerow D. 2020. Meiotic recombination in the offspring of Microbotryum hybrids and its impact on pathogenicity. BMC Evolutionary Biology 20:459

Voss C, Fiore-Donno AM, Guerreiro MA, Peršoh D, Bonkowski M. 2019. Metatranscriptomics reveals unsuspected protistan diversity in leaf litter across temperate beech forests, with Amoebozoa the dominating lineage. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 95: fiz142

Guerreiro MA, Wijayawardene NN, Hyde KD, Peršoh D. 2018. Ecology of Ascomycete genera - A searchable compilation of “Notes on genera: Ascomycota”. Asian Journal of Mycology 1: 146–150.

Guerreiro MA, Brachmann A, Begerow D, Peršoh D. 2018. Transient leaf endophytes are the most active fungi in 1-year-old beech leaf litter. Fungal Diversity 89: 237–251.

König J, Guerreiro MA, Peršoh D, Begerow D, Krauss J. 2018. Knowing your neighbourhood-the effects of Epichloë endophytes on foliar fungal assemblages in perennial ryegrass in dependence of season and land-use intensity. PeerJ 6: e4660.

Francesca N, Guerreiro MA, Carvalho C, Coelho M, Alfonzo A, Randazzo W, Sampaio JP, Moschetti G. 2016. Jaminaea phylloscopi sp. nov. (Microstromatales), a basidiomycetous yeast isolated from migratory birds in the Mediterranean basin. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 66: 824–829.

Stielow JB, Lévesque CA, Seifert KA, Meyer W, Iriny L, Smits D, Renfurm R, Verkley GJM, Groenewald M, Chaduli D, Lomascolo A, Welti S, Lesage-Meessen L, Favel A, Al-Hatmi AMS, Damm U, Yilmaz N, Houbraken J, Lombard L, Quaedvlieg W, Binder M, Vaas LAI, Vu D, Yurkov A, Begerow D, Roehl O, Guerreiro M, Fonseca A, Samerpitak K, van Diepeningen AD, Dolatabadi S, Moreno LF, Casaregola S, Mallet S, Jacques N, Roscini L, Egidi E, Bizet C, Garcia-Hermoso D, Martín MP, Deng S, Groenewald JZ, Boekhout T, Beer ZW de, Barnes I, Duong TA, Wingfield MJ, Hoog GS de, Crous PW, Lewis CT, Hambleton S, Moussa TAA, Al-Zahrani HS, Almaghrabi OA, Louis-Seize G, Assabgui R, McCormick W, Omer G, Dukik K, Cardinali G, Eberhardt U, Vries M de, Robert V. 2015. One fungus, which genes? Development and assessment of universal primers for potential secondary fungal DNA barcodes. Persoonia 35: 242–263.

Yurkov A*, Guerreiro MA*, Sharma L, Carvalho C, Fonseca Á. 2015. Multigene assessment of the species boundaries and sexual status of the basidiomycetous yeasts Cryptococcus flavescens and C. terrestris (Tremellales). PloS one 10: e0120400.    (* authors contributed equally to this work)

Berraf-Tebbal A, Guerreiro MA, Phillips AJL. 2014. Phylogeny of Neofusicoccum species associated with grapevine trunk diseases in Algeria, with description of Neofusicoccum algeriense sp. nov. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 53: 416–427.

Francesca N, Carvalho C, Sannino C, Guerreiro MA, Almeida PM, Settanni L, Massa B, Sampaio JP, Moschetti G. 2014. Yeasts vectored by migratory birds collected in the Mediterranean island of Ustica and description of Phaffomyces usticensis f.a. sp. nov., a new species related to the cactus ecoclade. FEMS Yeast Research 14: 910–921.

Guerreiro MA, Springer DJ, Rodrigues JA, Rusche LN, Findley K, Heitman J, Fonseca A. 2013. Molecular and genetic evidence for a tetrapolar mating system in the basidiomycetous yeast Kwoniella mangrovensis and two novel sibling species. Eukaryotic Cell 12: 746–760.

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