Nhu's interests lie in the intricate and complex interactions between organisms. He hopes to study a fungal-insect system for his Ph.D. dissertation work. As of this point, he's still searching for that system.
Nhu's previous work had been in yeasts that live in the gut of beetles and other insects, working in collaboration with Dr. Meredith Blackwell. He worked mainly with Neuropterans (lacewings, fishflies, dobsonflies) and found interesting groups of yeasts that reside within their guts, including novel species.
Nhu's other interests range widely with overlapping fields. There is much to learn about the natural world and we must utilize our time most efficiently. Therefore, he is always open to collaborations with fellow graduate students or anyone who wants to spend some time working on weekend projects that could potentially lead to publications or to a
Nhu successfully passed his Ph.D. qualifying exam on December 10, 2008. Nhu graduated from Berkeley in May 0f 2013. His dissertation is titled "Community ecology of bacteria associated with the digestive structures of insects, ectomycorrhizal plants, and fungi."
As of September 2013, Nhu is a postdoctoral scholar in Peter Kennedy's lab at the University of Minnesota.
- Nhu Nguyen, Fidel Landeros, Roberto Garibay-Orijel, Karen Hansen and Else C. Vellinga. 2013. The Helvella lacunosa species complex in western North America: cryptic species, misapplied names and parasites. Mycologia 105(5): 1275–1286. DOI: 10.3852/12-391.
- Nhu H. Nguyen, Jennifer F. Kerekes, Else C. Vellinga and Thomas D. Bruns. 2013. Synonymy of Suillus imitatus, the imitator of two species within the S. caerulescens/ponderosus complex. Mycotaxon 122: 389-398.
- N.H. Nguyen, N.A. Hynson and T.D. Bruns. 2012. Stayin’ Alive: survival of mycorrhizal fungal propagules from six year old forest soil. Fungal Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.funeco.2012.05.006.
- Kabir G. Peay, Max G. Schubert, Nhu H. Nguyen and Thomas D. Bruns. 2012. Measuring ectomycorrhizal fungal dispersal: macroecological patterns driven by microscopic propagules. Molecular Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05666.x.
- Thomas D. Bruns, Kabir G. Peay, Primrose J. Boynton, Lisa C. Grubisha, Nicole A. Hynson, Nhu H. Nguyen, Nicholas P. Rosenstock. 2009. Inoculum potential of Rhizopogon spores increases with time over the first 4 yr of a 99-yr spore burial experiment. New Phytologist 181: 463–470. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02652.x.
- Nhu H. Nguyen, Heather E. Driscoll, Chelsea D. Specht. 2008. A molecular phylogeny of the wild onions (Allium; Alliaceae) with a focus on the western North American center of diversity. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47: 1157–1172.
- Suh S-O, Nguyen NH, Blackwell M. 2006. A yeast clade near Candida kruisii uncovered: nine novel Candida species associated with basidioma-feeding beetles. Mycological Research 110: 1379-1394.
- Nguyen NH, Suh S-O, Marshall C, Blackwell M. 2006. Morphological and ecological similarities: wood-boring beetles associated with novel xylose-fermenting yeasts, Spathaspora passalidarum gen. sp. nov. and Candida jeffriesii sp. nov. Mycological Research 110: 1232-1241.
- Nguyen NH, Suh S-O, Erbil CK, Blackwell M. 2006. Metschnikowia noctiluminum sp. nov., Metschnikowia corniflorae sp. nov., and Candida chrysomelidae sp. nov., isolated from green lacewings, and beetles. Mycological Research 110: 346-356.
- Nardi JB, Bee CM, Miller LA, Nguyen NH, Suh S-O, Blackwell M. 2006. Communities of Microbes that Inhabit the Changing Hind Gut Landscape of a Subsocial Beetle. Arthropod Structure and Development 35: 57-68.
- Suh S-O, Nguyen NH, Blackwell M. 2005. Nine new Candida species near Candida membranifaciens isolated from insects. Mycological Research 109: 261-265.
- Suh S-O, White MM, Nguyen NH, Blackwell M. 2004. The identification of Enteroramus dimorphus: a xylose-fermenting yeast attached to the gut of beetles. Mycologia 96: 756-760.
- Nguyen NH, Suh S-O, Blackwell M. Spathaspora Nguyen, Suh & Blackwell. In: The Yeasts, a taxonomic study, 6th ed. Kurtzman, C.P., J. Fell, and T. Boekhout. Elsevier, Amsterdam. In press.
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