Our main research interests are

  • Evolution and structure of the nuclear genomes of dinoflagellate protists
  • Biology and evolution of apicomplexan parasites
  • Evolution of eukaryotic organelles of endosymbiotic origin (mitochondria and chloroplasts)
  • Genomics of Haplosporidia


We are also working in collaboration with these people:

Andrew Roger (Dalhousie), Mary Beth Saffo and Christopher Lane (University of Rhode Island), Claire Gachon (Scottish Marine Institute), Sonia Wirtz, (University of Buenos Aires), Santiago Mora-García (IIB, Buenos Aires), Antonio Uttaro and Sebastián Najle (IBR Rosario, Argentina)

On these topics:

  • Mutualistic Apicomplexas (Saffo/Lane)
  • Mitochondrial evolution (Roger)
  • Oomycete evolution (Claire Gachon)
  • Sonia Wirtz/Leo Majul  (Genomics of fungi)
  • Evolution and function of Ser/Thr Phosphatases in plants, algae and apicomplexan parasites (Mora-García)
  • Sterol metabolism in the ciliate Tetrahymena (Uttaro/Najle)


Biology and evolution of Apicomplexa

APICOMPLEXA is a diverse group of protists that includes thousands of obligate intracellular parasites. Members of this group are known to infect virtually every animal phyla, from land, sea and air. In many cases the relationship between the protist and its host is of relatively peaceful coexistence, but in others things go nasty and the …

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Biology of Haplosporidia

What is HAPLOSPORIDIA? Haplosporidia is a group of protists (single-celled eukaryotes) that parasitize several kinds of marine invertebrates, including oysters, mussels, clams and crabs. They belong in the eukaryotic supergroup Rhizaria (Cercozoa), but no other details are currently known. It is a relatively small group, with only a handful of known genera, although more species …

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Dinoflagellate biology and evolution

DINOFLAGELLATES These critters are among the lab’s favourites. They exhibit many fascinating features and also lots of questions. Our research focuses mainly on their genes and genomes, in the context of the evolution of alveolates, the eukaryotic group dinoflagellates belong in. DINOFLAGELLATE GENOME EVOLUTION OXYRRHIS MARINA FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS

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