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Claudio Slamovits, PhD.

Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Canada

Research field: Biological Sciences - Molecular Biology
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.


Awards and Grants

  •  Oct 2012 
    Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Development grant
  •  Mar 2010 
    NSERC Discovery Grant View website
  •  Dec 2009 
    Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation "Capital Equipment Grant" View website
  •  Jul 2009 
    Scholar, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) View website
  •  Jun 2009 
    Canada Foundation for Innovation "Leaders Opportunity Fund" View website
  •  Oct 2007 
    CONICET (Argentina) - Doctoral Fellowship
  •  Jun 2001 
    Sigma Xi "Grants-in-Aid" View website

Biographical Information

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.


Professional Experience

2009 - Present
Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University
Halifax, Canada
Classes taught:
BIOC 3400 (Nucleic Acids)
2009 - Present
Scholar, Program in Integrated Microbial Biodiversity at Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
Halifax, Canada
Sep 2007 - Jun 2009
Research Associate at University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
Oct 2002 - Aug 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Oct 1997 - Sep 2002
Mar 1990 - Sep 1997
Consulting Services

Journal Editor - Protist Genomics

Contact Information


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