Carolina Cornejo
  • Research scientist, Forest Health and Biotic Interactions, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland
Research focus
  • Molecular biology
Personal information


Ph.D. in Evolution and Ecology, Institute of Plant Science, University of Bern and Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, 2013

Current position

Technical staff member, Group Phytopathology, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL


  1. Lendvay, B., Kadereit, J. W., Westberg, E., Cornejo, C., Pedryc, A. and Höhn, M. (2015). Phylogeography of Syringa josikaea (Oleaceae): Early Pleistocene divergence from East Asian relatives and survival in small populations in the Carpathians. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
  2. Tõrra, T., Cornejo, C., Cheenacharoen, S., Dal Grande, F., Marmor, L. and Scheidegger, C. (2014). Characterization of fungus-specific microsatellite markers in the lichen fungus Usnea subfloridana (Parmeliaceae). Appl Plant Sci 2(7).
  3. Dal Grande, F., Beck, A., Cornejo, C., Singh, G., Cheenacharoen, S., Nelsen, M. P. and Scheidegger, C. (2014). Molecular phylogeny and symbiotic selectivity of the green algal genus Dictyochloropsis s.l. (Trebouxiophyceae): a polyphyletic and widespread group forming photobiont-mediated guilds in the lichen family Lobariaceae. New Phytol 202(2): 455-470.
  4. Devkota, S., Cornejo, C., Werth, S., Chaudhary, R. P. and Scheidegger, C. (2014). Characterization of microsatellite loci in the Himalayan lichen fungus Lobaria pindarensis (Lobariaceae). Appl Plant Sci 2(5).
  5. Gajurel, J. P., Cornejo, C., Werth, S., Shrestha, K. K. and Scheidegger, C. (2013). Development and characterization of microsatellite loci in the endangered species Taxus wallichiana (Taxaceae). Appl Plant Sci 1(3).
  6. Kophimai, Y., Peintinger, M., Werth, S., Cornejo, C., Scheidegger, C. and Bergamini, A. (2014). Ploidy level, genetic diversity, and differentiation in two closely related mosses, Scorpidium cossonii and S. revolvens (Calliergonaceae). Journal of Bryology 36(1): 33-43.
  7. Werth, S., Cornejo, C. and Scheidegger, C. (2013). Characterization of microsatellite loci in the lichen fungus Lobaria pulmonaria (Lobariaceae). Appl Plant Sci 1(2).
  8. Cornejo, C. and Scheidegger, C. (2013). New morphological aspects of cephalodium formation in the lichen Lobaria pulmonaria (Lecanorales, Ascomycota). The Lichenologist 45(01): 77-87.
  9. Cornejo, C. and Scheidegger, C. (2013). Morphological aspects associated with repair and regeneration in Lobaria pulmonaria and L. amplissima (Peltigerales, Ascomycota). The Lichenologist 45(02): 285-289.
  10. Schoebel, C. N., Brodbeck, S., Buehler, D., Cornejo, C., Gajurel, J., Hartikainen, H., Keller, D., Leys, M., Ricanova, S., Segelbacher, G., Werth, S. and Csencsics, D. (2013). Lessons learned from microsatellite development for nonmodel organisms using 454 pyrosequencing. J Evol Biol 26(3): 600-611.
  11. Singh, G., Dal Grande, F., Cornejo, C., Schmitt, I. and Scheidegger, C. (2012). Genetic basis of self-incompatibility in the lichen-forming fungus Lobaria pulmonaria and skewed frequency distribution of mating-type idiomorphs: implications for conservation. PLoS One 7(12): e51402.
  12. Kophimai, Y., Cornejo, C., Peintinger, M., Bergamini, A. and Scheidegger, C. (2011). Characterization of nuclear microsatellite loci in the calcareous fen specialist Scorpidium cossonii (Calliergonaceae). Am J Bot 98(10): e290-292.
  13. Widmer, I., Dal Grande, F., Cornejo, C. and Scheidegger, C. (2010). Highly variable microsatellite markers for the fungal and algal symbionts of the lichen Lobaria pulmonaria and challenges in developing biont-specific molecular markers for fungal associations. Fungal Biol 114(7): 538-544.
  14. Werth, S., Cornejo, C. and Scheidegger, C. (2010). A species-specific real-time PCR assay for identification of three lichen-forming fungi, Lobaria pulmonaria, Lobaria immixta and Lobaria macaronesica. Mol Ecol Resour 10(2): 401-403.
  15. Flück, D., Cornejo, C. and Scheidegger, C. (2010). Barcoding of sterile crustose lichens in Switzerland. Br Lichen Soc Bull 107: 25-26.
  16. Cornejo, C. and Scheidegger, C. (2010). Lobaria macaronesica sp. nov., and the phylogeny of Lobaria sect. Lobaria (Lobariaceae) in Macaronesia. The Bryologist 113(3): 590-604.
  17. Cornejo, C., Chabanenko, S. and Scheidegger, C. (2009). Phylogenetic analysis indicates transitions from vegetative to sexual reproduction in the Lobaria retigera group (Lecanoromycetidae, Ascomycota). The Lichenologist 41(03): 275-284.
  18. Bettin, O., Cornejo, C., Edwards, P. J. and Holderegger, R. (2007). Phylogeography of the high alpine plant Senecio halleri (Asteraceae) in the European Alps: in situ glacial survival with postglacial stepwise dispersal into peripheral areas. Mol Ecol 16(12): 2517-2524.
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