Ms Frances Lane
I am an MSc student studying the sexual strategies of fungi in the family Ceratocystidaceae. My interest in the mating systems of fungi began during the final two years of my undergraduate degree as a TPCP/CTHB mentorship student at FABI. I continued this theme during my BSc Honours degree when I studied the mating-type genes of a group of plant and tree pathogens from the genus Davidsoniella.
For my MSc degree, I am looking at different transformation systems to transform the African tree pathogen Ceratocystis albifundus. In the future, I plan on using one of these transformation systems to understand the role of mating-type genes in the unusual mating strategy of C. albifundus known as unidirectional mating-type switching. I am also exploring the transferability of this transformation technology to other members of the family Ceratocystidaceae, which would in future provide a starting point for establishing transformation systems in these species. This work will contribute to future studies on the functionality of numerous genes of interest within these species, including those involved in sexual reproduction.