Patrick Keeling Microbiologist
Patrick Keeling’s research group studies the genomics, evolution and cell biology of protists and fungi, both microbial eukaryotes (cells that store their genetic material in a nucleus) of great complexity at the cellular and molecular levels. Although protists and fungi compose the vast majority of eukaryotic diversity, relatively little is known about their history or biology. Keeling’s group uses molecular biology, microscopy and genome sequencing to change that. Their research creates new knowledge on several fronts. One focus is on cellular organelles such as mitochondria and plastids, from which we can learn about how the process of endosymbiosis, or the merging of two cells, can lead to a new life form with characteristics different from either of the partners. The Keeling lab also focuses on parasitism and how sophisticated intracellular parasites arise from free-living ancestors and how this process affects their cells, genomes and metabolism.
Senior Scholar Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, 2006.
E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, 2004.
New Investigator Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, 2001.
New Investigator award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2001.
E. Hehenberger et al, "Evidence for the retention of two evolutionary distinct plastids in dinoflagellates with diatom endosymbionts," Gen. Biol. Evol., vol. 6, pp. 2321-2334, 2014.
Program Director Integrated Microbial Biodiversity
Senior Fellow Integrated Microbial Biodiversity
University of British ColumbiaDepartment of Botany
PhD (Biochemistry) Dalhousie University
HBSc (Genetics) University of Western Ontario
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