John Archibald is a Senior Fellow of CIFAR’s Integrated Microbial Biodiversity program. His lab uses molecular tools to study the patterns and processes of microbial evolution. Of particular interest is the process of endosymbiosis, whereby one single-celled organism takes up residence inside another. The Archibald lab studies examples of ancient and recently established endosymbiotic mergers in order to reconstruct key events in the evolution of complex (nucleus-containing) life forms. Dr. Archibald is a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Dalhousie in 2001 and became a faculty member in 2003 after holding an Izaak Walton Killam post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia. In 2012 he was a Visiting By-Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK.
Dr. Archibald is the recipient of several recent awards, most notably the 2014 Seymour H. Hutner Young Investigator Prize for outstanding research achievements in the field of protozoology. He is currently an Associate Editor for Genome Biology & Evolution and an Editorial Board Member of various journals, including Current Biology, Eukaryotic Cell, and BMC Biology. Dr. Archibald has published ~100 scientific articles and is the author of One Plus One Equals One: Symbiosis and the Evolution of Complex Life (2014, Oxford University Press).
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