Jessy J Labbe

Staff Researcher, Molecular Geneticist, Host - Fungus Systems Biologist

Dr. Jessy Labbé is Staff Researcher, lead of the Fungal Systems Genetics and Biology Lab in the Biosciences Division at 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. Trained in infectious disease research (M.D.), 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.


Scientific French Honor awarded by the French Consulate in Atlanta, GA (2016)
Scientist visiting award granted by the Laboratory of Excellence ARBRE, France (2013)
The Ph.D-Thesis award discerned by the Regional Council of Lorraine, France (2010)
STAR Mentor recognition, ORNL and Siemens foundation for participating to the Siemens program: Preparing Science and Technology Leaders for the Future (2010)
ASTRO Fellowship awarded by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)/ORNL (2007)
Graduate Student Fellowship for Innovative Science awarded by INRA/Region Lorraine, France (2006-2009)


DOE JGI Reciprocal impacts of modified plant cell wall and associated microbiome 2018 – 2019
DOE JGI Comparative genomics and transcriptomics of Russulaceae 2016 – 2018
CNMS Micofluidic environmental control platform for chemical and transcriptomic analysis of fungal-bacteria interactions 2015 – 2016
DOE JGI Comparative genomics of early diverging terrestrial fungi and their bacterial endosymbionts 2013 – 2014


Invention Disclosure: 201503591, DOE S-138,228, Filamentous Fungi Capable of Degrading and Utilizing Lignocellulosic Wastes
Invention Disclosure: 201303169, DOE S-124,759 A lectin-like receptor kinase leads to enhanced mycorrhization in plants
Invention Disclosure: 201503575, DOE S-138,211 Complex of Mutualistic Microbes Designed to Increase Plant Productivity
Patent P32682.3575.0 Complex of mutualistic microbes designed to increase plant productivity