About Us

Justine Karst

Career stage
Associate Professor
Affiliation
University of Alberta
Team(s)
Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee
Bio
Mycorrhizal ecology of forests, restoration ecology
Justine Karst

Toby Spribille

Career stage
Assistant Professor
Affiliation
University of Alberta
Team(s)
Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee
Bio
Evolutionary biology of fungal symbioses, especially interested in non-nutrient service exchange; biodiversity and conservation advocate.
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Daniel Charlebois

Career stage
Assistant Professor
Affiliation
University of Alberta, Departments of Physics and Biological Sciences
Team(s)
Organizing Committee
Bio
Biophysicist who combines mathematical modeling, synthetic biology, and fungal pathogens to study genetic networks, drug resistance, and bioelectromagnetics.
Daniel Charlebois

Emile Gluck-Thaler

Career stage
Postdoc
Affiliation
Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics, University of Neuchatel
Team(s)
Co-Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, Organizing Committee
Bio
Mycologist and evolutionary biologist who studies the genetic bases of adaptation in species interactions. Especially interested in the mechanisms of genome evolution and the ecological consequences of structural variation.
Emile Gluck Thaler

Viola Halder

Career stage
PhD
Affiliation
University of Guelph, Shapiro Lab
Team(s)
Outreach, Principal Coordinator, Organizing, Scientific Program, Program design, Presentation Competition
Bio
Grad student in the Shapiro Lab at UoG, working with Candida albicans, to determine how stress response genes within the pathogenic fungus interact with each other, using Crispr to create stress response mutants.
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Stephen Strelkov

Career stage
Professor
Affiliation
University of Alberta
Team(s)
Organizing Committee
Bio
Stephen Strelkov is a Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Alberta, where his research is focused mainly on the biology and management of field crop diseases, including tan spot of wheat and clubroot of canola.
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Gulnara Tagirdzhanova

Career stage
Ph.D. student
Affiliation
University of Alberta, Department of Biological Science
Team(s)
Awards Committee, Outreach
Bio
PhD student at the Spribille Lab using metagenomics to study lichen symbiosis
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Greg Thorn

Career stage
Associate Professor
Affiliation
University of Western Ontario
Team(s)
Organizing
Bio
Greg Thorn is a mycologist whose graduate studies at the University of Guelph (with George Barron) and the University of Toronto (with David Malloch) were followed by positions in Japan, Michigan, Indiana, Wyoming, and finally back to London as a faculty member in the Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario. My research is focused on the ecology and diversity of fungi. I teach courses on Biodiversity, Plant Evolution, Field Botany, and Mycology, and am the Curator of the Dr. Laurie L. Consaul Herbarium (UWO).
Greg Thorn

Chelsea Lau

Career stage
Freelancer and undergraduate
Team(s)
artist at large
Bio
Chelsea is a graphic artist interested in fungi. Chelsea is based in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Lauren Wensing

Career stage
Ph.D candidate
Team(s)
Outreach Committee
Bio
I am a 3rd year Ph.D candidate in Dr. Rebecca Shapiro’s laboratory. My research looks at understanding the role of essential genes in antifungal resistant Candida albicans isolates during antifungal drug treatment through the use of a transcriptional repression system known as CRISPRi. When I am not in the lab I enjoy spending time outdoors mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and of course mushroom hunting!
Twitter: @laurwensing
Lauren Wensing

Linda Horianopoulos

Career stage
Postdoctoral fellow
Team(s)
Outreach Committee
Bio
Linda is an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Hittinger lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She fell in love with fungi during her PhD in the Kronstad lab at UBC and wanted to embrace the amazing diversity among yeast metabolism which she is currently focused on in her postdoctoral project. Linda first became involved in the Canadian Fungal Network in 2019 and is keen to continue to foster stronger connections between researchers across Canada with a fungal focus, primarily through the conference and seminar series.
Linda Horianopoulos

Carmen Allen

Career stage
Ph.D. candidate
Team(s)
Outreach Committee
Bio
Carmen is a Ph.D. student in the Symbiosis and Evolution Lab at University of Alberta and university educator with Athabasca University. She works on mycoparasitism and secreted polysaccharides in jelly fungi.
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