Eva Nowack, PhD. (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf) - Webinar

Eva Nowack, PhD. (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf) - Webinar

Butler Seminar Series

Event Date/Location

May 5, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Thomas Laboratory


  • Eva Nowack

    Eva Nowack

    Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
    Head of Institute of Microbial Cell Biology

    Eva Nowack obtained her PhD in Biology in 2009 from the University of Cologne and performed her postdoctoral research with Arthur Grossman at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California. Since 2014 she leads an independent research group at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf where she got appointed as professor in 2019.


Bacterial Endosymbionts and the Evolution of Novel Organelles

The acquisition of mitochondria and plastids via endosymbioses were central to the origin and diversification of eukaryotic life. However, since these evolutionary processes were initiated >1 billion years ago, the process of organellogenesis remains difficult to reconstruct. More recently acquired bacterial endosymbionts are found across eukaryotes. Some of these endosymbiotic associations show astonishingly high levels of symbiotic integration. We use the amoeba Paulinella chromatophora that contains nascent photosynthetic organelles of cyanobacterial origin and the trypanosomatid Angomonas deanei that contains b-proteobacterial endosymbionts to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying host-symbiont interaction and the transformation of bacterial endosymbionts into genetically integrated organelles.


Free and open to the university community and the public.


Martin Jonikas, Department of Molecular Biology