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

Bacterial Endosymbionts and the Evolution of Novel Organelles
May 5, 2021, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Thomas Laboratory
Free and open to the university community and the public.


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


Event Description

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.

Martin Jonikas, Department of Molecular Biology
Event Category
Butler Seminar Series