Blake Billmyre

First Name: 
Blake
Last Name: 
Billmyre
Lab: 
Joe Heitman
Department: 
MGM
Lab Location: 
312 CARL Building
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Research Description: 
I study evolution of virulence, specifically in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus. Recent advances in sequencing and the relatively small genome sizes of fungi have provided us with the ability to explore genome evolution with a diversity and depth that is far beyond the capabilities of current research in larger eukaryotes. I am particularly interested in the development of an outbreak of Cryptococcus gattii in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and in the frequent but independent losses of RNAi across the fungal kingdom.
Hobbies: 
Basketball