I was always driven by curiosity. Choosing Biology and academic studies seemed like a natural path to take. Since the beginning, I was intrigued by fungi and how much they affect everything around them. In my research, I am especially interested in the phylogeny, monitoring and control aspects of mycotoxigenic fungi in cereal crops. With the ongoing growth of information, I realized I needed to start using bioinformatic tools to comprehend more complex concepts in my field. The lab here gave me the opportunity to start this learning process, focusing on the whole-genome phylogenetic analysis of mycotoxigenic fungi. In my current project, we will perform genome assemblies and analyze the genomes of strains within the Fusarium graminearum species complex isolated from wheat grains from Brazil. We will investigate the genetic variation and phylogeny of the Brazilian FGSC found on cereals.