Dr. Jaqueline Hess

Senior Scientist

e-mail: jaqueline.hess[@]univie.ac.at
phone: +43 1 4277 54134

address: Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research
University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences
Rennweg 14, Room 216
A-1030 Vienna

Research Interests

I am a Bioinformatician by training with expertise in molecular evolution and phylogenetics, the handling and analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, and other genome-scale datasets. My research interests are focused on how different mutational processes, e.g. transposable element proliferation, structural variation or gene regulatory changes interact with changes in coding sequences to produce phenotypic variation and evolutionary novelty. In particular, I am interested in how different biological factors such as the nature of a protein, it’s position in a regulatory network, the life history of the organism or ecological processes beyond the individual shape and distort the relative importance of the above mentioned mutational processes over different evolutionary time scales.

Besides supporting the Lexer group with expertise in evolutionary bioinformatics, I am continuing to develop a research program in fungal genomics to study the questions outlined above on a genome-wide scale. To this end, a strong focus will be on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of plant-fungal interactions and their role in driving evolution in the respective symbionts.

Other recent and ongoing research projects that I am involved in include:

- Dissecting the evolutionary basis of invasiveness in the harmful house invader Serpula lacrymans (with Inger Skrede, University of Oslo)

- Comparative genomics of ectomycorrhizal symbiosis in Amanita mushrooms (with Anne Pringle, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Short CV

2016 – now Senior Scientist at University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

2014 – 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Oslo Mycology Group, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

2011 – 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, Pringle lab. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

2006 – 2011 PhD student, Goldman group. European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK.

2003 – 2003 BSc student, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK



Kohler A, Kuo A, Nagy LG, Morin E, Barry KW, Buscot F, Canbäck B, Choi C, Cichocki N, Clum A, Colpaert J, Copeland A, Costa MD, Doré J, Floudas D, Gay G, Girlanda M, Henrissat B, Herrmann S, Hess J, Högberg N, Johansson T, Khouja H, LaButti K, Lahrmann U,et al. (2015). Convergent losses of decay mechanisms and rapid turnover of symbiosis genes in mycorrhizal mutualists. Nature Genetics 47, 410–415.

Hess J, Skrede I, Wolfe B, LaButti K, Ohm RA, Grigoriev IV and Pringle A (2014). Transposable element dynamics among asymbiotic and ectomycorrhizal Amanita fungi. Genome Biology and Evolution 6, 1564-1578.

Chaib De Mares M*, Hess J*, Floudas D, Lipzen A, Choi C, Kennedy M, Grigoriev IV and Pringle A (2014). Horizontal transfer of carbohydrate metabolism genes into ectomycorrhizal Amanita. The New Phytologist 205, 1552-1564

*co-first authors

Hess J and Pringle A (2014). The Natural Histories of Species and Their Genomes: Asymbiotic and Ectomycorrhizal Amanita Fungi. For Advances in Botanical Research: Genomics of Fungi Associated with Plants, ed. F. Martin.

Hess J and Goldman N (2011) Addressing Inter-Gene Heterogeneity in Maximum Likelihood Phylogenomic Analysis: Yeasts Revisited. PLoS ONE 6, e22783.