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Claudio Slamovits Molecular Biologist

Claudio Slamovits’ current research interests are generally related to the molecular biology and evolution of eukaryotes and their genomes. In particular, he is interested in studying how genomes and their physiology evolve as a result of radical changes in lifestyle, such as the acquisition of parasitic and symbiotic relationships.

Slamovits focuses his research on certain groups of protists (unicellular eukaryotes), such as dinoflagellates and apicomplexans, among others. These microbes are particularly interesting from the perspective of genome biology as they have undergone extensive degrees of evolutionary change in their genomes, and thus constitute great systems to explore the forces that affect the evolution of genome shape and function. By exploring these themes, Slamovits’ research also contributes to improvements in our understanding of the basic biology of microbes with significant sanitary and environmental relevance, such as apicomplexans, which includes the parasite of Malaria as well as Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium and other human and animal pathogens; and dinoflagellates, components of marine microplankton, responsible for toxic red tides and also involved in coral-protist associations that cause coral bleaching when disrupted.


NSERC Discovery Grant, 2010, 2015.

NSERC Engage Grant, 2013, 2014.

NSERC RTI Grant, 2013.

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation - Innovative Grant, 2013.

Relevant Publications

S.A. Muñoz-Gómez et al, “Ancient homology of the mitochondrial contact site and cristae organizing system points to an endosymbiotic origin of mitochondrial cristae,” Curr. Biol., vol. 25, no. 11, pp. 1498–1495, June 2015

G. Gile and C. H. Slamovits, “Transcriptomic Analysis Reveals Evidence for a Cryptic Plastid in the Colpodellid Voromonas pontica, a Close Relative of Chromerids and Apicomplexan Parasites,” PLOS One, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. e96258, May 2014.

B.A. Curtis et al, “Algal genomes reveal evolutionary mosaicism and the fate of nucleomorphs,” Nature, vol. 6, no. 492(7247), pp. 59-65, Dec. 2012.

C.H. Slamovits et al, “A bacterial proteorhodopsin proton pump in marine eukaryotes,” Nat. Comm., vol. 2, pp. 183, Feb. 2011.

M.B. Saffo et al, “Nephromyces, a beneficial apicomplexan symbiont in marine animals,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, vol. 107, no. 37, pp. 16190-16195, Sept. 2010.


C.H. Slamovits and A. Reyes-Prieto, "Lateral gene transfer and the evolution of photosynthesis in eukaryotes" in Lateral Gene Transfer in Evolution, U. Gophna, Ed., New York, NY: Springer Science, 2013.



Fellow Integrated Microbial Biodiversity


Dalhousie UniversityDepartment of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


PhD (Molecular Biology) University of Buenos Aires

Licentiate (Biology) University of Buenos Aires



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