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John Archibald Molecular biologist

John Archibald’s 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.


Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 2015.

Seymour H. Hutner Young Investigator Prize, 2014.

New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2008-2013.

Award of Excellence in Basic Research, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, 2008.

Relevant Publications

J. M. Archibald, "Genomic perspectives on the birth and spread of plastids," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 112, pp. 10147-10153, 2015.

B.A. Curtis et al, "Algal nuclear genomes reveal evolutionary mosaicism and the fate of nucleomorphs," Nature, vol. 492, no. 7427, pp. 59-65, Dec. 2012.

E. Kim et al, "A newly-discovered and diverse plastid-bearing branch on the eukaryotic tree of life," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, vol. 108, no. 4, pp. 1496-1500, Jan. 2011.

C. E. Lane et al, "Nucleomorph genome of Hemiselmis andersenii reveals complete intron loss and compaction as a driver of protein structure and function," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. vol. 104, no. 50, pp. 19908-19913, Dec. 2007.


J. Archibald, One Plus One Equals One: Symbiosis and the Evolution of Complex Life. London: Oxford University Press, 2014.



Senior Fellow Integrated Microbial Biodiversity


Dalhousie UniversityBiochemistry & Molecular Biology


PhD (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Dalhousie University

BSc (Biology) Dalhousie University



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