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Brian S. Leander Cellular biologist

Brian Leander’s lab concentrates on the discovery and characterization of marine organismal diversity and comparative studies of novel cellular systems in predatory eukaryotes (i.e., protistology & marine invertebrate zoology). The group is fundamentally interested in the diversity and evolution of organisms, particularly traits associated with feeding, locomotion and symbiotic interactions. By addressing specific hypotheses about character evolution using molecular phylogenetic methods, the they study the innovations and transformations associated with broad patterns of morphological and molecular change.

This exploratory approach is motivated by the thrill of discovery, the beautiful and the bizarre, and the yearning to build a more comprehensive framework for understanding the interrelationships of life on Earth. The marine lineages the lab works on tend to be drop-dead gorgeous (or hideous) and reflect spectacular morphological diversity, such as meiofaunal & planktonic animals, euglenids, dinoflagellates, cercozoans, ciliates & gregarine apicomplexans.


UBC Killam Teaching Prize, 2014.

Relevant Publications

B.S. Leander and P.J. Keeling, "Morphostasis in alveolate evolution," Trends Ecol. Evol., vol. 18, no. 8, pp. 395-402, 2003.



Senior Fellow Integrated Microbial Biodiversity


University of British ColumbiaDepartment of Zoology


PhD (Cellular Biology) University of Georgia

MA (Zoology) Humbolt State University



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