Im an associate professor (docent) in microbial ecology since 2006. I got my PhD in biochemistry at the Lund University on biochemical studies of ligninolytic enzyme systems of white-rot fungi. This was followed by a 2-year postdoctoral stay in the Daniel Cullen laboratory at the Forest Product Laboratory (USDA) in Madison (U.S.), investigating heterologous expression of ligninolytic peroxidases in Aspergillus.
Presently my primary interest is fungal-plant interactions and specifically ectomycorrhizal (ECM) interactions. Our goal is to understand the molecular background of both the symbiotic and the saprophytic lifestyles of these fungi. Research is including both genomic and transcriptional investigations using different platforms such as next generation sequencing (NGS) and microarray analyses. For these purposes we are running a 454/Roche sequencing facility which is also providing public services.
My teaching is on various courses, both on under graduate and graduate level. For some time the department is running a national research school in genomic ecology (GENECO) in which Im teaching genomics and global transcriptional analyses.
Rajashekar, B., Kohler A., Johansson, T., Martin, F., Tunlid, A. & Ahrén, D. (2009) Expansion of signal pathways in the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor evolution of nucleotide sequences and expression patterns in families of protein kinases and RAS small GTPases. New Phytologist 183: 365-379
Le Quéré, A., Astrup-Eriksen, K., Rajashekar, B., Schützendübel, A., Canbäck, B., Johansson, T. & Tunlid, A. (2006) Screening for rapidly evolving genes in the ectomycorrhizal fungus Paxillus involutus using cDNA microarrays. Molecular Ecology 15: 535-550.
Le Quéré, A., Wright, D.P., Söderström, B., Tunlid, A. & Johansson, T. (2005) Global patterns of gene regulation associated with the development of ectomycorrhiza between birch (Betula pendula Roth.) and Paxillus involutus (Batsch) Fr. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 18: 659-673.