I am interested in evolutionary genomics using fungi as models. Fungi are ideal models for studying eukaryotic genomes, as they tend to have short generation times and many are amenable to experimental approaches. These characteristics allow addressing evolutionary biology questions by both bioinformatics and experimental approaches, the latter one being essential to validate in silico inferences.
During my PhD and my first postdoc, I worked on genomics of adaptation in cheese Penicillium fungi. I also worked on the evolution of sexuality in Penicillium roqueforti, the mould used for the production of blue cheeses . At the university of Ottawa in Canada, I then studied the ability of sexual reproduction in a supposedly very ancient asexual fungus: Rhizophagus irregularis (Glomeromycota), using genomic data.