Bhattacharya Lab - Former Lab Member Valérie Reeb

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Valérie Reeb
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Iowa
101 Biology Building, Iowa City, IA 52242
  Phone: 319-335-2426
  Fax: 319-335-1069
  Email: Valerie-Reeb[at]



2005 Ph.D. Biology, Duke University, U.S.A.
1993 M.S. Botany, University of Orléans, France.
1991 DEUG Biology, University of Strasbourg, France.


  • Molecular phylogeny of fungi and protists
  • Divergence time of major fungal lineages using non-clock methods
  • Origin of lichenization within the Ascomycota
  • Evolution of group I intron and encoded homing endonucleases in lichen-forming fungi

Current Research:

Currently, I am doing a post-doctorat at the Carver Center for Genomics. My main task is to prepare samples for next generation sequencing as well as supervise the microarray facility.


H Qiu, DC Price, APM Weber, V Reeb, E Chan Yang, JM Lee, SY Kim, HS Yoon, D Bhattacharya.Adaptation through horizontal gene transfer in the cryptoendolithic red alga Galdieria phlegrea. Current Biology 23 (19), R865-R866, 7 October 2013.

Skorupa DJ, Reeb V, Castenholz RW, Bhattacharya D, McDermott TR. 2013. Cyanidiales diversity in Yellowstone National Park Lett Appl Microbiol. 2013 Jul 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Valérie Reeb, Avraham Kolel, Timothy R. McDermott and Debashish Bhattacharya. Good to the bone: microbial community thrives within bone cavities of a bison carcass at Yellowstone National Park Environmental Microbiology (2010).

Kerry Knudsen, Valérie Reeb, Martin Westberg, Rithu Srikantha and Debashish Bhattacharya. 2010. Acarospora rosulata in Europe, North America and Asia. The Lichenologist 42)3): 291-296.doi

Reeb, V., and D. Bhattacharya. 2010. The thermo-acidophilic Cyanidiophyceae (Cyanidiales). In: Red Algae in the Genomic Age, (Eds.) J. Seckbach and D. Chapman. Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology 13, 409–426.
Springer 2010.
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Reeb VC, Peglar MT, Yoon HS, Bai JR, Wu M, Shiu P, Grafenberg JL, Reyes-Prieto A, Rümmele SE, Gross J and Bhattacharya D. Interrelationships of chromalveolates within a broadly sampled tree of photosynthetic protists.
Mol Phylogenet Evol, 53(1), 202-11, 2009.doi|pubmed

Knudsen, K., J.A. Elix, and V. Reeb. 2008. A Preliminary Study of the Genera Acarospora and Pleopsidium in South America. Opuscula Philolichenum 5: 1-22.view online

Reeb, V., P. Haugen, D. Bhattacharya and F. Lutzoni. 2007. Evolution of Pleopsidium (lichenized Ascomycota) S943 group I introns and the phylogeography of an intron-encoded putative homing endonuclease.
Journal of Molecular Evolution 64:285-298.
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Miadlikowska, J., F. Kauff, V. Hofstetter, E. Fraker, M. Grube, J. Hafellner, V. Reeb, B.P. Hodkinson, G. Hestmark, M. Kukwa, M.G. Otalora, A. Rauhut, C. Scheidegger, E. Timdal, S. Stenroos, I. Brodo, D. Ertz, P. Diederich, R. Lücking, J.C. Lendemer, E. Tripp, R. Yahr, P. May, G.B. Perlmutter, D.M. Hillis, W.R. Buck, C. Gueidan, A.E. Arnold, I. Martinez, C. Robertson and F. Lutzoni. 2006. Systematics of the Lecanoromycetes: New insights from nuclear ribosomal and protein coding genes into classification and evolution of the Lecanoromycetes. Mycologia 98:1088-1103.
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Spatafora, J.W., D. Johnson, G.-H. Sung, K. Hosaka, B. O′Rourke, M. Serdani, R. Spotts, F. Lutzoni, V. Hofstetter, E. Fraker, C. Gueidan, J. Miadlikowska, V. Reeb, T. Lumbsch, R. Lücking, I. Schmitt, A. Aptroot, C. Roux, A. Miller, D. Geiser, J. Hafellner, G. Hestmark, A.E. Arnold, B. Büdel, A. Rauhut, D. Hewitt, W. Untereiner, M.S. Cole, C. Scheidegger, M. Schultz, H. Sipman and C. Schoch. 2006. A five-gene phylogenetic analysis of the Pezizomycotina. Mycologia 98:1018-1028.
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James, T.Y., F. Kauff, C. Schoch, P.B. Matheny, V. Hofstetter, C.J. Cox, G. Celio, C. Guiedan, E. Fraker, J. Miadlikowska, T. Lumbsch, A. Rauhut, V. Reeb, A.E. Arnold, A. Amtoft, J.E. Stajich, K. Hosaka, G.-H. Sung, D. Johnson, B. O'Rourke, M. Binder, J.M. Curtis, J.C. Slot, Z. Wang, A.W. Wilson, A. Schüßler, J.E. Longcore, K. O'Donnell, S. Mozley-Standridge, D. Porter, P.M. Letcher, M.J. Powell, J.W. Taylor, M.M. White, G.W. Griffith, D.R. Davies, J. Sugiyama, A.Y. Rossman, J.D. Rogers, D.H. Pfister, D. Hewitt, K. Hansen, S. Hambleton, R.A. Shoemaker, J. Kohlmeyer, B. Volkmann-Kohlmeyer, R.A. Spotts, M. Serdani, P.W. Crous, K.W. Hughes, K.Matsuura, E. Langer, G. Langer, W.A. Untereiner, R. Lücking, B. Büde, D.M. Geiser, A. Aptroot, W.R. Buck, M.S. Cole, P. Diederich, C. Printzen, I. Schmitt, M. Schultz, R. Yahr, A. Zavarzin, D.S. Hibbett, F. Lutzoni, D.J. McLaughlin, J.W. Spatafora, R. Vilgalys. 2006. Reconstructing the early evolution of the fungi using a six gene phylogeny. Nature 443, 818 - 822.doi|pubmed

Bhattacharya D., V. Reeb, D. Simon and F. Lutzoni. 2005. Phylogenetic evidence for the reverse splicing spread of group I introns in fungal ribosomal DNA. BMC Evolutionary Biology 5:68.
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Reeb, V., F. Lutzoni and C. Roux. 2004. Contribution of RPB2 to multilocus phylogenetic studies of the euascomycetes (Pezizomycotina, Fungi) with special emphasis on the lichen-forming Acarosporaceae and evolution of polyspory. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 32:1036-1060.
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Lutzoni, F., F. Kauff, C.J. Cox, D. McLaughlin, G. Celio, B. Dentinger, M. Padamsee, D. Hibbett, T.Y. James, E. Baloch, M. Grube, V. Reeb, V. Hofstetter, C. Schoch, A.E. Arnold, J. Miadlikowska, J. Spatafora, D. Johnson, S. Hambleton, M. Crockett, R. Shoemaker, G.-H. Sung, R. Lücking, T. Lumbsch, K. O'Donnell, M. Binder, P. Diederich, D. Ertz, C. Gueidan, K. Hansen, R.C. Harris, K. Hosaka, Y.-W. Lim, B. Matheny, H. Nishida, D. Pfister, J. Rogers, A. Rossman, I. Schmitt, H. Sipman, J. Stone, J. Sugiyama, R. Yahr and R. Vilgalys. 2004. Assembling the fungal tree of life: progress, classification, and evolution of subcellular traits. American Journal of Botany 91(10): online

Haugen, P., V. Reeb, F. Lutzoni and D. Bhattacharya. 2004. The evolution of homing endonuclease genes and group I introns in nuclear rDNA. Molecular Biology and Evolution 21(1): 129-140.doi|pubmed

Lutzoni, F., M. Pagel and V. Reeb. 2001. Major fungal lineages are derived from lichen symbiotic ancestors.
Nature 411: 937-940.doi|pubmed

Lutzoni, F., P. Wagner, V. Reeb and S. Zoller. 2000. Integrating ambiguously aligned regions of DNA sequences in phylogenetic analyses without violating positional homology. Systematic Biology 49(4): 628-651.doi| pubmed

Bhattacharya, D., F. Lutzoni, V. Reeb, D. Simon and F. Fernandez. 2000. Widespread occurrence of spliceosomal introns in the rDNA genes of ascomycetes.Molecular Biology and Evolution 17(12): online|pubmed

Bjelland, T., G. Halleraker, V. Reeb and T. Tønsberg. 1997. The chemotypes of Cetrelia olivetorum in Norway. Graphis Scripta 8: 5-7.