Work in the Katzlab aims to elucidate principles of eukaryotic evolution through phylogenetic reconstruction, community sampling and analyses of genome evolution. The bulk of eukaryotic diversity is microbial, with plants, animals and fungi representing only three of some 60-200 lineages of eukaryotes. Many of these microbial lineages are understudied, yet the limited data available suggest the eukaryotic microbes challenge established principles in biology. To date, our focus has been on ciliates, testate (shell-building) amoebae and now foraminifera.
Congratulations to Lauren Alteio for successful defense of her PhD entitled “Ecology of the elusive: Genome-informed investigation of soil microbial diversity”
Congratulations to Jean-David Grattepanche, Doris Juarez and Cameah Wood for their successful collaboration (with Laura and George McManus) on “Incubation and grazing effects on spirotrich ciliate diversity inferred from molecular analyses of microcosm experiments”.