Wagner C Fagundes

Position: Ph.D. Student
E-mail: wfagundes [a] bot.uni-kiel.de / wagnercfag [a] gmail.com
Twitter: @wagnercfagundes

Research interests

I am broadly interested in the fascinating world of plant-pathogen interactions and the evolutionary and molecular mechanisms that underlie it. My current work at Dr. Eva Stukenbrock’s team involves the genetic and genomic basis of host adaptation and speciation in fungal plant pathogens using populations of closely related Zymoseptoria specimens, originally isolated from “wild” (Aegilops spp.) and “domesticated” (wheat) plant hosts. My aim is to decipher genomic regions/genes that have been under recent selection and that allow these populations to adapt to these different hosts, as well as how they differentiate in terms of virulence strategy and host specificity. 

Short CV

2019 – present: PhD student in Eva Stukenbrock’s group, Environmental Genomics, Christian-Albretchs University Kiel and Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany.

2017-2018: MSc in Plant Pathology Dr. Burt Bluhm’s group with the thesis “Molecular Basis of Pathogenesis and Host Determination in Cercospora sojina: from Phenotypic to Genotypic Patterns”. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, United States.

2014: Undergraduate exchange student in Arizona State University, United States. Full scholarship sponsored by CAPES/IIE.

2011 – 2016: BSc in Biology. Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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