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Zach Konkel

Zach earned his BS in biology with a minor in chemistry. His undergraduate research focused on isolating and elucidating antimicrobial fungal natural products. Before graduate school, Zach worked in an environmental testing laboratory using gas and liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry to quantitate pesticide and solvent residues. He is now researching in Jason Slot's Lab developing multi-omic analyses to study the evolution of tryptophan-derived compounds in the fungal family Atheliaceae.

Email: konkel.8@buckeyemail.osu.edu


B.S. Biology, Oregon State University, 2017

Long Term Career Interests

Neurochemical ecology
Genetic engineering

Current Status in TPS

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason Slot
Co-Mentor: Dr. Jessica Cooperstone

First Year Rotations

1. Dr. Tom Mitchell
2. Dr. Jason Slot

Grants and Awards

2019 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Regeneron Scholarship (Programming for Biology Workshop)
2019 Mycological Society of America Student-Mentor Travel Award
2019 Director's Associateship, OARDC, Ohio State University
2018 University Fellowship, Ohio State University


Konkel, Z., Scott, K., Slot, J. (2021). Draft genome of the termite symbiont Athelia (Fibularhizoctonia) sp. TMB5. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.1128/MRA.01230-20 

Adpressa, D. A., Connolly, L. R., Konkel, Z. M., Neuhaus, G. F., Chang, X. L., Pierce, B. R., Smith, K. M., Freitag, M., Loesgen, S. (2019). A metabolomics-guided approach to discover Fusarium graminearum metabolites after removal of a repressive histone modification. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 103256. doi.org/10.1016/j.fgb.2019.103256