Igor Grigoriev

Igor Grigoriev

Adjunct Professor
Dept of Plant and Microbial Biology
Research Expertise and Interest
genomics, fungi, algae, eukaryotes, computational biology, bioinformatics, genome annotation
Research Description

Igor Grigoriev joined the PMB faculty as an adjunct professor in 2013. He joined the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute in 2003 to participate in human genome annotation and lead annotation of diverse eukaryotic genomes from protists to plants genome.jgi.doe.gov. In 2009 he started the Fungal Genomics program at the Institute to scale up sequencing and analysis of diverse fungi related to DOE science and applications, which led to large projects like "1000 Fungal Genomes". He also organized more than 30 genomics workshops and engaged more than 2,000 researchers around the world in genome projects, which resulted in over 50 high-profile publications.

There are more than 1.5 million fungal species and they play a critical role in shaping the Earth's ecosystems. Better understanding of pathogens and symbionts is critical for a sustainable growth of plants. Fungi are the most efficient degraders of plant biomass to convert it into bioenergy. Many other new metabolic processes and enzymes are encoded in fungal genomes. Fungal genomics may offer answers to critical areas of research, including food, medicine, energy and the environment.

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