Monique Sakalidis

Monique Sakalidis

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Assistant Professor

Plant Biology Lab
612 Wilson Rd. Rm 34.
East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

Department of Forestry

Assistant Professor

Tree diseases - detection, identification, pathogenicity and population analysis, and improving tree health - phytobiome approach.

Forest Pathology website


PhD, Murdoch University, Australia
Postdoc, The University of British Columbia, Canada
BS (Hons), Murdoch University, Australia

Research Interests:

Forest pathology, population genomics, phylogenetics.


Using next-gen tools alongside traditional pathology tools to mitigate and respond to tree diseases (detection, identification, pathogenicity and population analysis) and improve tree health (phytobiome approach). My lab will be looking into the epidemiology, biology and population genomics of Oak Wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum) and spruce decline and population genomics of Septoria canker (Sphaerulina musiva).

Selected Publications:

  1. Sakalidis, M.L., Feau, N., Dhillon, B., Hamelin, R.C. 2016. Genetic patterns reveal historical and contemporary dispersal of a tree pathogen. Biological Invasions.  18(6): 1781-1799. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1120-7
  2. Dhillon, B., Feau, N., Aerts, A., Beauseigle, B., Bernier, L., Copeland, A., Foster, A., Navdeep, G., Henrissat, B., Herath, P., LaButti, K., Lindquist, E., Majoor, E., Ohm, R.A., Pangilinan, J., Pribowo, A., Sadler, J., Sakalidis, M. L., de Vries, R.P., Grigoriev, I.V., Goodwin, S.B., Tanguay, P. Hamelin, R.C. 2015. Horizontal gene transfer and gene dosage drives adaptation to wood colonization in a tree pathogen. PNAS. 112: 3451-3456. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1424293112
  3. McGregor, R.R.*, Sakalidis, M. L.*, Hamelin, R.C. 2016. Neofusicoccum arbuti: a latent pathogen characterized by widespread infection, broad host range, and a hidden threat. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 38 (1): 70-81. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2015.1135476 
  4. *co-first authors
  5. Sakalidis, M.L., Slippers, B., Wingfield, B.D., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2013. The challenge of understanding the origin, pathways and extent of fungal invasions: global populations of the Neofusicoccum parvum- N. ribis species complex. Diversity and Distributions. 19: 873–883. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12030
  6. Sakalidis, M.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2011. Class III endophytes, clandestine movement amongst hosts and habitats and their potential for disease; a focus on Neofusicoccum australe. Australasian Plant Pathology 40, 510-521. DOI: 10.1007/s13313-011-0077-3
  7. Sakalidis, M.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2011. Endophytes as potential pathogens of the baobab species Adansonia gregorii: a focus on the Botryosphaeriaceae. Fungal Ecology 4, 1-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2010.06.001
  8. Sakalidis, M.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2011. Use of the Genealogical Sorting Index (GSI) to delineate species boundaries in the Neofusicoccum parvum-Neofusicoccum ribis species complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60, 333-344. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.04.026
  9. Sakalidis, M.L., Ray, J., Lanoiselet, V., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Burgess, T.I. 2011. Pathogenic Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Mangifera indica in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. European Journal of Plant Pathology 130, 379-391. DOI: 10.1007/s10658-011-9760-z
  10. Burgess T.I., Sakalidis M.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J. 2006. Gene flow of the canker pathogen Botryosphaeria australis between Eucalyptus globulus plantations and native eucalypt forests in Western Australia. Austral Ecology 31, 559-566. DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2006.01596.x