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David Smith, PhD

Genome evolution and genetic diversity of microbial eukaryotes


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Assistant Professor
Biological & Geological Sciences 3028
Biological & Geological Sciences 3027
(519) 661-2111 x 86482
519 661-3935
dsmit242@uwo.ca
http://www.arrogantgenome.com/

We study genome architecture, genetic diversity, and the evolutionary forces that fashion genes and chromosomes. We’re interested in how nonadaptive processes shape genomes, including their nucleotide composition, compactness, conformation, chromosome number and telomeres. Much of our research employs protists (microbial eukaryotes). Protists have among the most diverse and eccentric genomes in the biological world, yet they are generally an untapped resource for studying genome evolution. We love weird genomes and trying to understand how they got that way.

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