Eukaryote genome evolution and host-microbes interaction at mucosa: what can we learn from microbial parasites?

Thursday 23 May 2019, 1.00PM

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Hirt, University of Newcastle

Microbial parasites are fascinating organisms to study the genome and cellular evolution of eukaryotes and host-microbe interactions. Microsporidia and Trichomonads are respectively intracellular and extracellular parasites that can infect mucosal surfaces of vertebrates. They can be common among invertebrate and vertebrate hosts and their is an increasing appreciation of their capacity to jump between hosts and mucosa, including from animals to humans. I investigate their genomes to gain insights into the role of lateral gene transfer in eukaryotic genome evolution and into the molecular basis of their interactions with their host cells. I will cover some examples of LGT in both Microsporidia and Trichomonas parasites and how the study of LGT also contribute more generally art studying host-microbiota interactions including bacteria members of the microbiota.

Location: Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)