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Thomas Cavalier-Smith

Thomas Cavalier-Smith

Program
Integrated Microbial Biodiversity

Appointment
Advisory Committee

Institution
University of Oxford

Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom


Thomas Cavalier-Smith is Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University.  His research focuses on the evolution, ecology and biogeography of amoeboid and flagellate free-living Protozoa using cell culturing, DNA sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, bioinformatics and light and electron microscopy. His theoretical interests range from the origin of cells and their diversification to make the major bacterial and eukaryotic groups, to protein-targeting mechanisms in secondary symbiogenesis.

Dr. Cavalier-Smith received his Ph.D. in biophysics from King’s College, London in 1967. He was a guest investigator at Rockefeller University from 1967 to 1969, before returning to teach in the biophysics department of King’s College. In 1989 he moved to the University of British Columbia, as professor of botany. He joined the University of Oxford in 1999. Dr. Cavalier-Smith is a fellow of the Royal Society and the recipient of a Linnean Society Medal for Zoology and an International Prize for Biology from the Emperor of Japan.
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