Dr. Jessy Labbé is a Staff Researcher in the Biosciences Division at the United States Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a molecular geneticist with expertise in medical and environmental mycology. He is also a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Department and the Genome Science and Technology program. Skilled in infectious diseases research, Dr. Labbé also received in 2009 a Ph.D. in forest microbiology from the University of Lorraine, France. His research interests focus on the interactions involving fungal systems in natural and synthetic environments. His laboratory uses a combination of cutting-edge technologies (from Next-Generation Sequencing, Post-Genomics, Molecular Genetics/Synthetic Biology to Microcosm Systems Biology) with specific emphases on understanding the genetic and molecular mechanisms of the host - fungus and microbe - fungus interactions. As Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI of several projects, his researches aim at tackling the scientific challenges of the U.S. DOE missions supporting the biosecurity and the sustainable bioenergy and bioproduct development.