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Dalhousie #4 TheScientist's "Best Places to Work"

Dalhousie University came out in the 4th place in this year’s “Best Places to Work in Academia” survey by

Gile and Slamovits 2011, Protist

Just accepted: Gile and Slamovits – Phylogenetic position of Lophomonas striata Butschli (Parabasalia) from the hindgut of the cockroach Periplaneta americana. Protist, in press. Link to the article What’s the paper about? Parabasalid protists are a very diverse but poorly known type of microbes. They include Trichomonas vaginalis, probably the only parabasalid known to non-specialists …

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Claudio is attending EuPathDB Workshop 2011 at University of Georgia in Athens, GA

Renny attends summer course on NGS

Renny Lee is leaving for two weeks to the Kellog Biological Station, Michigan State University to attend the Bioinformatics Summer Course 2011 on “Analysing Next-Generation Sequencing Data”. Course’s description: This intensive two week summer course will introduce attendees with a strong biology background to the practice of analyzing short-read sequencing data from Roche 454, Illumina …

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Welcome Sarah

We have a new member: Sarah Dowler joined the lab as a Co-Op student (Biochemistry). She will be helping us with exciting projects.

New server!

This site is now hosted on a dedicated server running Apache2 on Ubuntu Linux. The computer running the server is a (roughly) 5 years old second-hand HP-Compaq Intel Core Duo 1.8GHz with 2GB RAM.

Renny is now a PhD. Candidate

Renny Lee has successfully passed his PhD. candidacy exam. Congratulations!

Three marine protist transcriptomes awarded by the Moore Foundation to the lab

The Moore Foundation, through their Marine Microbial Eukaryotes Transcriptome Project, has awarded fully funded transcriptome sequencing of three projects in our lab

A bacterial proteorhodopsin proton pump in marine eukaryotes

Proteorhodopsins are light-driven proton pumps involved in widespread phototrophy. Discovered in marine proteobacteria just 10 years ago, proteorhodopsins are now known to have been spread by lateral gene transfer across diverse prokaryotes, but are curiously absent from eukaryotes. In this study, we show that proteorhodopsins have been acquired by horizontal gene transfer from bacteria at least twice independently in dinoflagellate protists. We find that in the marine predator Oxyrrhis marina,…

The intriguing nature of microsporidian genomes

Microsporidia are a group of highly adapted unicellular fungi that are known to infect a wide range of animals, including humans and species of great economic importance. These organisms are best known for their very simple cellular and genomic features, an adaptive consequence of their obligate intracellular parasitism. In the last decade, the acquisition of a large amount of genomic and transcriptomic data from several microsporidian species has greatly improved our understanding of the…