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Lotus Lofgren

Graduate Student

Department of Plant Biology
University of Minnesota
250 Biological Science Center
1445 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

office: 810 Biological Sciences
phone:
lab: 612-625-5438
email: lofgr080@umn.edu


Background

I received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota’s CFANS in 2013, and worked as a Jr. Scientist for the Kistler Laboratory of Fungal Genetics before joining the Kennedy Lab in 2014. In addition to science, I’m rather partial towards bicycles, motorcycles, loud music, growing food, found-object art, travelling and fermenting things. If you’re interested in getting involved with Fungi, I encourage you to check out Mycology Club at the University of Minnesota and join us on a foray or at a seminar.


Research interests

Fungi interact in cryptic ways with both micro- and macro-organisms, tying microbes to ecosystems by influencing forest community dynamics at multiple levels of organization. Ectomycorrhizal fungi, which form symbiotic relationships with the dominant plant families in many forest systems, provide an ideal opportunity to investigate the processes that regulate Fungal community dynamics.  I’m interested in the mechanisms mediating symbiosis and host specificity, microbe-microbe interactions, tripartite relationships, signaling, and the production and utilization of secondary metabolites such as mycotoxins and volatile organic compounds.


Mycology Club

I'm a founding member of the UMN Mycology Club.