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SEM micrograph of the reticulate sporangial wall of Rhizidium phycophilum. Scale bar = 20μm ©K. Picard

Lab Members : Kathryn Picard

Research Interests
• Evolution of mycobiont-photobiont associations
• Phylogenetic reconstruction of basal fungal lineages
• Biodiversity of Chytridiomycota

Education
• M.S., Biology, The University of Alabama, summa cum laude, 2009
Thesis: "Ultrastructural, Molecular Phylogenetic, and Biodiversity Studies of the Rhizophydiales (Chytridiomycota)"

• B.S., Biology, The University of Alabama, magna cum laude, 2007

• B.A., Philosophy, The University of Alabama, magna cum laude, 2007

Fellowships
• NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009-
• Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2009-
• Duke University Dean's Graduate Fellowship, 2009-
• NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, 2007-2009

Recent Publications
Picard KT, Letcher PM, Powell MJ. Rhizidium phycophilum, a new species in Chytridiales. Mycologia. 2009 Sep-Oct;101(5):696-706

Letcher PM, Powell MJ, Barr DJ, Churchill PF, Wakefield WS, Picard KT. Rhizophlyctidales--a new order in Chytridiomycota. Mycological Research. 2008 Sep;112(Pt 9):1031-48


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