Claudio Slamovits PhD.

Location
Halifax, Canada
Discipline
Biological Sciences
Interests
Structure, function and evolution of eukaryotic genomes. Comparative genomics of dinoflagellates and apicomplexans. Diversity and phylogenetics of protists. Molecular parasitology, Horizontal gene transfer, Haplosporidia, symbiosis, metagenomics.
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About

Since July, 2009 I am Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I am also a Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and a member of the Centre for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics (CIGEB). My position and research are partly funded by CIFAR and the Tula Foundation.

The research interests in my lab center on molecular biology and evolution of eukaryotes and their genomes with a strong (exclusive so far) focus on unicellular eukaryotes, including free-living and parasitic protozoa, algae and fungi. In particular, we are interested in studying how genomes and their function evolve as a result of radical changes in lifestyle such as the acquisition of parasitic and symbiotic relationships. Some of the approaches employed in the lab include high-throughput and conventional DNA sequencing, comparative genomics, molecular phylogenetics and a variety of molecular biology methods.

Current projects in the lab focus on (a) structure and evolution of dinoflagellate nuclear genomes, (b) comparative genomics of apicomplexan parasites and their free-living relatives, (c) we collaborate with the whole nuclear genome analysis of the complex, secondary algae Bigelowiella natans and Guillardia theta on which we are analyzing endosymbiotic gene transfer, transcriptional regulatory sequences and transposable elements and (d) inter-kingdom symbioses (symbiotic relationships between eukaryotes and bacteria or archaea), and (e-z…) the tally of our interests is too long to list here and grows every day.

Prior to my current position at Dalhousie I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia in the lab of Patrick J. Keeling where I worked on various fascinating questions of eukaryotic evolution. I got my Licentiate (BSc/MSc) and PhD degrees in Biology from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) working on the molecular phylogeny of South American “Tuco-tuco” rodents and the evolution of their genomic Satellite DNA under the supervision of Dr. María S. Rossi in the Laboratory of Physiology and Molecular Biology, School of Natural Sciences, UBA.
I don’t remember what happened before all that.
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Publications

  • Ancient Homology of the Mitochondrial Contact Site and Cristae Organizing System Points to an Endosymbiotic Origin of Mitochondrial Cristae

    Muñoz-Gómez S, Slamovits C, Dacks J, Baier K, Spencer K, Wideman J

    Current Biology (2015)

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  • Transcriptomic Analysis Reveals Evidence for a Cryptic Plastid in the Colpodellid Voromonas pontica, a Close Relative of Chromerids and Apicomplexan Parasites

    Gile G, Slamovits C

    PLoS ONE (2014)

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  • Analysis of EST data of the marine protist Oxyrrhis marina, an emerging model for alveolate biology and evolution

    Lee R, Lai H, Malik S, Saldarriaga J, Keeling P, Slamovits C

    BMC Genomics (2014)

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  • Algal genomes reveal evolutionary mosaicism and the fate of nucleomorphs

    Curtis B, Tanifuji G, Burki F, Gruber A, Irimia M, Maruyama S et al.

    Nature (2012)

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  • Conserved meiotic machinery in Glomus spp., a putatively ancient asexual fungal lineage

    Halary S, Malik S, Lildhar L, Slamovits C, Hijri M, Corradi N

    Genome Biology and Evolution (2011)

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  • Phylogenetic position of Lophomonas striata Bütschli (Parabasalia) from the hindgut of the cockroach Periplaneta Americana.

    Gile G, Slamovits C

    Protist (2011)

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  • A bacterial proteorhodopsin proton pump in marine eukaryotes

    Slamovits C, Okamoto N, Burri L, James E, Keeling P

    Nature Communications (2011)

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  • The intriguing nature of microsporidian genomes.

    Corradi N, Slamovits C

    Briefings in Functional Genomics (2011)

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  • Contributions of Oxyrrhis marina to molecular biology, genomics and organelle evolution of dinoflagellates

    Slamovits C, Keeling P

    Journal of Plankton Research (2010)

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  • Who is Oxyrrhis marina? Morphological and phylogenetic studies on an unusual dinoflagellate.

    Lowe C, Keeling P, Martin L, Slamovits C, Watts P, Montagnes D

    Journal of Plankton Research (2010)

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  • Nephromyces, a beneficial apicomplexan symbiont in marine animals

    Saffo M, McCoy A, Rieken C, Slamovits C

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2010)

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  • Satellite DNA: agent of chromosomal evolution in mammals. A review.

    Slamovits C, Rossi M

    Mastozoología Neotropical (2002)

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  • Recurrent amplifications and deletions of satellite DNA accompanied chromosomal diversification in South American tuco-tucos (genus Ctenomys, Rodentia: Octodontidae): a phylogenetic approach.

    Slamovits C, Cook J, Lessa E, Rossi M

    Molecular biology and evolution (2001)

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  • Class II photolyase in a microsporidian intracellular parasite.

    Slamovits C, Keeling P

    Journal of molecular biology (2004)

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  • Simplicity and complexity of microsporidian genomes.

    Keeling P, Slamovits C

    Eukaryotic cell (2004)

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  • Comparative genomics of microsporidia.

    Keeling P, Fast N, Law J, Williams B, Slamovits C

    Folia parasitologica (2005)

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  • A high frequency of overlapping gene expression in compacted eukaryotic genomes.

    Williams B, Slamovits C, Patron N, Fast N, Keeling P

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2005)

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  • A high density of ancient spliceosomal introns in oxymonad excavates.

    Slamovits C, Keeling P

    BMC evolutionary biology (2006)

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  • Characterization of a divergent Sec61beta gene in microsporidia.

    Slamovits C, Burri L, Keeling P

    Journal of molecular biology (2006)

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  • Lateral gene transfer of a multigene region from cyanobacteria to dinoflagellates resulting in a novel plastid-targeted fusion protein.

    Waller R, Slamovits C, Keeling P

    Molecular biology and evolution (2006)

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  • Phylogeny of phagotrophic euglenids (Euglenozoa) as inferred from hsp90 gene sequences.

    Breglia S, Slamovits C, Leander B

    The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology (2007)

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  • Sequence evolution of the major satellite DNA of the genus Ctenomys (Octodontidae, Rodentia).

    Ellingsen A, Slamovits C, Rossi M

    Gene (2007)

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  • The highly reduced and fragmented mitochondrial genome of the early-branching dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina shares characteristics with both apicomplexan and dinoflagellate mitochondrial genomes.

    Slamovits C, Saldarriaga J, Larocque A, Keeling P

    Journal of molecular biology (2007)

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  • Plastid-derived genes in the nonphotosynthetic alveolate Oxyrrhis marina.

    Slamovits C, Keeling P

    Molecular biology and evolution (2008)

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  • Widespread recycling of processed cDNAs in dinoflagellates.

    Slamovits C, Keeling P

    Current Biology (2008)

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  • Nuclear genome sequence survey of the Dinoflagellate Heterocapsa triquetra.

    McEwan M, Humayun R, Slamovits C, Keeling P

    The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology

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Professional experience

Scholar, Program in Integrated Microbial Biodiversity

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

July 2009 - Present

Assistant Professor

Dalhousie University

July 2009 - Present

Research Associate

University of British Columbia

September 2007 - June 2009 (1 year 9 months)

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of British Columbia

October 2002 - August 2007 (4 years 10 months)

Education history

Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires

PhD.

October 1997 - September 2002 (4 years 11 months)

Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (FCEyN), Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)

Licenciado

March 1990 - September 1997 (7 years 6 months)