Fred Dietrich, PhD – Biography

Associate Professor

research • biography • lab members • publications


Fred Dietrich was an undergraduate math major at the University of California, Davis, and then a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Gerry Fink’s lab. He moved to Stanford to join the S. cerevisiae genome project, working with Ron Davis and David Botstein to complete yeast chromosome V.

Fred moved to the Biozentrum, University of Basel in Switzerland in 1997 and spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow with Peter Phillipsen sequencing the genome of the filamentous ascomycete Ashbya gossypii. He was recruited to the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) at Duke in July 2000 where his attention focuses on the genomic evolution of fungi, most importantly, the pathogenic basidiomycete Cryptococcus neoformans serotype A. He is also interested in the interface between automated sequence acquisition and bioinformatics and in how to visualize genomic information.