Professor Linda M. Kohn

Linda M. Kohn

Professor Emerita



CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Evolutionary Biology, Genetics / Genomics, Plant Biology


Ph.D. Cornell University 1979
B.Sc. University of Vermont 1973

Titles and Honors

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Primary Undergraduate Department

Biology, UTM

Graduate Programs

Cell & Systems Biology

Research Description

Fungal Biology: Systematics, Population Biology, Trophic Interactions, Experimental Evolution, Speciation.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 905-828-3997
Office: DV3047
Lab: DV4090C
Lab Phone: 905-828-5338

Mailing Address

Department of Cell & Systems Biology
University of Toronto
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

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The Underlying Structure of Adaptation Under Strong Selection in Twelve Experimental Yeast Populations

Kohn LM, Anderson JB
2014, Eukaryotic cell, 25016004

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PRP8 inteins in species of the genus Botrytis and other ascomycetes

Bokor AA, Kohn LM, Poulter RT, van Kan JA
2012, Fungal genetics and biology : FG & B, 49, 250-61, 22285471

Evidence for a common toolbox based on necrotrophy in a fungal lineage spanning necrotrophs, biotrophs, endophytes, host generalists and specialists

Andrew M, Barua R, Short SM, Kohn LM
2012, PloS one, 7, e29943, 22253834

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Cellular effects and epistasis among three determinants of adaptation in experimental populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Parreiras LS, Kohn LM, Anderson JB
2011, Eukaryotic cell, 10, 1348-56, 21856932

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Determinants of divergent adaptation and Dobzhansky-Muller interaction in experimental yeast populations

Anderson JB, Funt J, Thompson DA, Prabhu S, Socha A, Sirjusingh C, Dettman JR, Parreiras L, Guttman DS, Regev A, Kohn LM
2010, Current biology : CB, 20, 1383-8, 20637622

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Genome-wide investigation of reproductive isolation in experimental lineages and natural species of Neurospora: identifying candidate regions by microarray-based genotyping and mapping

Dettman JR, Anderson JB, Kohn LM
2010, Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 64, 694-709, 19817850

Single nucleotide polymorphism-based diagnostic system for crop-associated Sclerotinia species

Andrew M, Kohn LM
2009, Applied and environmental microbiology, 75, 5600-6, 19581480

Evidence for alteration of fungal endophyte community assembly by host defense compounds

Saunders M, Kohn LM
2009, The New phytologist, 182, 229-38, 19170900

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Divergent adaptation promotes reproductive isolation among experimental populations of the filamentous fungus Neurospora

Dettman JR, Anderson JB, Kohn LM
2008, BMC evolutionary biology, 8, 35, 18237415

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Host-synthesized secondary compounds influence the in vitro interactions between fungal endophytes of maize

Saunders M, Kohn LM
2008, Applied and environmental microbiology, 74, 136-42, 17993551

Marker stability throughout 400 days of in vitro hyphal growth in the filamentous ascomycete, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Kohn LM, Schaffer MR, Anderson JB, Grünwald NJ
2008, Fungal genetics and biology : FG & B, 45, 613-7, 17996469

Incipient speciation by divergent adaptation and antagonistic epistasis in yeast

Dettman JR, Sirjusingh C, Kohn LM, Anderson JB
2007, Nature, 447, 585-8, 17538619

New Populations of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum from Lettuce in California and Peas and Lentils in Washington

Malvárez G, Carbone I, Grünwald NJ, Subbarao KV, Schafer M, Kohn LM
2007, Phytopathology, 97, 470-83, 18943288

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An optimized method for mycelial compatibility testing in Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Schafer MR, Kohn LM
2006, Mycologia, 98, 593-7, 17139852

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Origins of host-specific populations of the blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae in crop domestication with subsequent expansion of pandemic clones on rice and weeds of rice

Couch BC, Fudal I, Lebrun MH, Tharreau D, Valent B, van Kim P, Nottéghem JL, Kohn LM
2005, Genetics, 170, 613-30, 15802503

Mechanisms of fungal speciation

Kohn LM
2005, Annual review of phytopathology, 43, 279-308, 16078886

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Mode of selection and experimental evolution of antifungal drug resistance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Anderson JB, Sirjusingh C, Parsons AB, Boone C, Wickens C, Cowen LE, Kohn LM
2003, Genetics, 163, 1287-98, 12702675

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A multilocus gene genealogy concordant with host preference indicates segregation of a new species, Magnaporthe oryzae, from M. grisea

Couch BC, Kohn LM
2002, Mycologia, 94, 683-93, 21156541

Population genomics of drug resistance in Candida albicans

Cowen LE, Nantel A, Whiteway MS, Thomas DY, Tessier DC, Kohn LM, Anderson JB
2002, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 99, 9284-9, 12089321

Evolution of drug resistance in Candida albicans

Cowen LE, Anderson JB, Kohn LM
2002, Annual review of microbiology, 56, 139-65, 12142485

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