The goal of our research is to better understand the biology of microbial organisms of significant ecological, veterinary and medical importance. To achieve this goal, our team combines the power of next generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatics with molecular biology and experimental procedures.
Main research topics:
- Comparative and Population Genomics of Plant Symbionts
- Parasite Genome Evolution
- Experimental Evolution of Microbial Symbionts and Parasites
- Phylogenomics of Early Branching Fungi
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
CIFAR - IMB program
Funding : The following institutions have been supporting our research
NSERC - Engage
Government of Ontario
National Science Foundation (NSF)
French-Embassy in Canada
One Trends in Microbiology perspective and one Trends in Plant Science review accepted (back to back). Congratulations to Goko, Madhu and Vasilis for this achievement!
Our NSERC-Discovery funding was renewed for 5 years! We will continue to use funds diligently to transform our understanding of unique genetic systems, and translate our discoveries to industry and public needs.
Thanks to past and current lab members for this achievement!
Edward Serghi receives a NSERC-USRA Scholarship. This scholarship will support his research on AMF genetics this summer. Congratulations Edward!
We keep translating our AMF genetics/genomics research for green industry needs. As such, the lab was awarded a 3 years Industrial Mitacs PDF fellowship and additional operating funds to tackle problems faced by one of our industry partners.
Congratulations Umberto Serghi for being awared a UROP Scholarship!
We welcome Vasilis Kokkoris to our lab. Vasilis graduated with a PhD from the lab of Dr. Miranda Hart at UBC Kelowna. In collaboration with Agriculture Canada scientists, Vasilis will aim to sequence the genomes of many representatives of each AMF family using single nucleus based approaches. No pressure Vasilis! :)
PhD student Gokalp Yildirir was invited to discuss his PhD research and grad studies opportunities in Canada for a Turkish students (in Turkish) - To see the interview click here.
Our research has been highlighted by the non-profit outreach organization "5 Minutes of Science". The video highlighting our work can be found here .
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio is asking questions about our work on AMF! Click here to access the interview (in French!).
Congralutations to Liz Bauer for winning an NSERC PDF Fellowship. Liz will be joining our lab by the end of the year. Her project will aim to understand what drives compatibility/plasmogamy in AMF.
We end the year with a BANG as our latest work on AMF genomics is accepted in New Phytologist. Great collaboration with Francis Martin and the LSRV-Toulouse.
Congratulations to Eric Chen for receiving a Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan (JSPS). Eric will study patterns of whole-genome duplications in the lab of Wataru Iwasaki. We'll miss you Eric!
Our latest work showing how AMF can potentially generate genetic diversity has been accepted for publication in eLife. Congratulations to all members involved in this new exciting discovery!
Warmest welcome to our new Postdoctoral fellow Madhu Malar C. Madhu is primarily involved in a MITACS project that aims to better understand the genetics of medicinal plants.