Doctor Anna Simonin
Dr Anna Simonin joined the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in May 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow. Her fellowship is linked to a project led by Professor Ian Anderson to detect traditionally ectomycorrhizal fungal symbionts in native Australian Ericoid hosts and ultimately to determine the function of these fungal symbionts.
Anna is broadly interested in nutrient translocation in fungal colonies and how this influences ecosystem, agricultural, and industrial processes.
She completed her PhD in 2011 at the University of California – Berkeley in the laboratory of Professor Louise Glass. There, she studied the impact of hyphal architecture, including hyphal fusion, on nutrient and nuclear translocation within and between Neurospora crassa colonies.
Additionally, she characterized two genes involved in hyphal fusion in N. crassa, ham-3 and ham-4. She found that these fusion mutants had differing influences on hyphal fusion and sexual reproduction, including surprising ascospore morphology defects.
Areas of research/teaching expertise
- Mycology: fungal diversity and function, mycorrhizal associations, hyphal architecture and nutrient dynamics
- Molecular/Cell Biology: fungal genetics, cell-cell signaling and fusion, nuclear dynamics in fungi
Roper M*, Simonin AR*, Hickey PC, Leeder A, Glass NL, (2013) 'Nuclear Dynamics in a Fungal Chimera', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol.110, no.32, pp 12875-12880
Simonin AR, Palma-Guerrero J, Fricker M, Glass NL, (2012) 'Physiological Significance of Network Organization in Fungi', Eukaryotic Cell, vol.11, no.11, pp 1345-1352 (Journal highlight and ASM spotlight)
Simonin AR, Rasmussen CG, Yang M, Glass NL, (2010) 'Genes encoding a striatin-like protein (ham-3) and a Forkhead associated protein (ham-4) are required for hyphal fusion in Neurospora crassa', Fungal Genetics and Biology, vol.47, no.10, pp 855–868. (Recognized by faculty of 1000, rated F6)
Fleissner A, Simonin AR, Glass NL, (2008) 'Cell fusion in the filamentous fungus, Neurospora crassa', Methods in Molecular Biology, vol.475, pp 21-38