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ISEP Online Seminar Series on Protist Genomics, Diversity, and Evolution 


ISEP online seminar series season 3 cancelled

Due to the limited interest for the ISEP online seminars at the moment, we have decided to cancel them for now. We will have our ISEP 1-day event later this year (late November/early December), as everybody is enjoying in person meetings and the weather over the summer. This will provide an opportunity to meet and catch up, listen to talks and discuss posters on an online platform.

Season 2 in 2021:

We are organizing the second, online ISEP seminar series. Last year's seminar was a great way to bring the community together in a world where we all fell apart. This year, we want to build on that success.

Starting date: May 6th 2021.


When? Every other Thursday, with an alternative time slot at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Central European Summer Time (GMT+2). Two talks will be given at each session (20 min talk + 10 min for questions each).


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Hoping to see you all soon online,


The ISEP seminars organizing committee:
Laura Eme, Laura Utz, Courtney Stairs, Sergio Munoz-Gomez

Watch selected previous seminars on ISEP YouTube.

Previous Seminars:

Thursday, September 23, 3:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Jazmin Blaz (@JazminBlaz): Exploring the DNA methylation landscape of the deep branching lineage Ancyromonadida

Thursday, September 9, 11:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Johana Rotterova (@JohanaProtists): "Symbioses between marine anaerobic ciliates and archaeal methanogens"

  • Anthony Bonacolta: "Analyzing the correlation between microbiome composition and thermal tolerance in Paramuricea clavata"

Thursday, August 26, 3:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Justyna Zítek: "Characterisation of mitochondrion-related organelle in Paratrimastix pyriformis using LOPIT proteomics"

  • Fabian van Beveren (@FBeveren): "Red algal organelles are diverse in genome size and organisation"

Thursday, July 15, 3:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Fred Spiegel: "The life cycle myth"

  • Sebastian Hess (@lab_hess): "Exploring microbial protoplast feeders: from biodiversity to biomolecules"

Thursday, July 1, 11:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Heda Agic (@palaeoheda): "Insights into palaeoecology of Neoproterozoic eukaryotes from single-fossil carbon isotope measurements"

  • Jolien van Hooff (@JvHooff): "Exploring lateral gene transfers in the Rhizaria tree of life"


Thursday, June 17, 3:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Thiago da Silva Paiva: "The role of morphology in hypotrich systematics: combining efforts towards a common goal"

Thursday, June 3, 11:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Gillian Gile: "Diversity and evolution of termite hindgut symbiotic Parabasalia"

  • Christopher Toret (@CPToret): "A novel distinct multicellularity in the fungi/animal branch of eukaryotes drives collective invasion of Fonticula alba"

Thursday, May 20, 3:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Yuji Inagaki: "Draft nucleomorph genome of a green-colored dinoflagellate"

  • Dayana Elizabeth Salas-Leiva (@dsaleiva): "A free-living protist that lacks canonical eukaryotic DNA replication and segregation systems"


Thursday, May 6, 11:00 pm CEST​ (Paris time)

  • Richard Dorrell (@RMicroscopist): "Rhythm, function and biogeography of the pan-algal HGT landscape"

  • Noemi Fernandes: "Hidden ciliate diversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest"


Season 1 in 2020:

ISEP is very pleased to announce the official "ISEP Protist Genomics, Diversity, and Evolution" virtual seminar series. We look forward to this being a venue for sharing new discoveries in the field of Evolutionary Protistology and a way to bring the community closer together on an on-going basis.

- Joel B. Dacks, ISEP President (May 25th, 2020) 


Organizers: Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, Andrew J. Roger

Thursday, July 16, 11:00 pm CEST

  • Lael Barlow: "AMOEBAE: A systematic workflow for finding gene homologues"

Thursday, July 2, 3:00 pm CEST​ (guest hosted by Michelle Leger)

  • Daniel Richter (Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo lab): "Microbial eukaryote biogeography and gene expression in the open ocean"

  • John Burns (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences): "Lineage specific patterns of bacterial gene transfer across eukaryotic metabolism”

Thursday, June 11, 11:00 pm CEST

  • Sergio Munoz-Gomez (Hess Lab): "A purple-green eukaryote with two photosynthetic endosymbionts"

  • Hassan Hashimi: "What does a reassessment of crista diversity in eukaryotes say about human mitochondria?" (Watch on YouTube)

Thursday, May 28, 3:00 pm CEST

  • Jon Jerlström-Hultqvist: "Symbiosis – perspectives from Anaeramoeba" (Watch on YouTube)

  • Iker Irisarri: "Phylogenomic insights into the origin of primary plastids"

Thursday, May 14, 11:00 pm CEST

  • Matt Brown: "PhyloFisher, a phylogenomic package" (Watch on YouTube)

  • Luis Javier Galindo: "Phylogenomic analysis of the nucleariid amoebae, the earliest-diverging lineage of Holomycota"

Thursday, April 23, 3:00 pm CEST

  • Dandan Zhao (Roger lab): "Investigating the role of the Anaerobic Protist Blastocystis in the gut microbiome by metagenomic analysis"

  • Aleksandra Kozyczkowska (Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo lab): "Corallochytrium limacisporum, a newly emerging model system for comparative cell biology among unicellular Holozoa to address questions of animal origin"

Thursday, April 9, 11:00 pm CEST

  • John Archibald: "Paramoeba species and their kinetoplastid endosymbionts"

  • Martin Kolisko: "Comparative genomics and transcriptomics of secondarily free-living diplomonads"

Thursday, March 26, 3:00 pm CET

  • Johana Rotterova (Cepicka lab): "Deep lineages (classes) of anaerobic ciliates, their mitochondria and symbionts"

  • Lucia Tomeckova (Hampl lab): "Lipid analysis of Euglena gracilis cells, organelles and plastid subfractions suggests endosymbiotic origin of the middle plastid envelope"

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Sphaeroforma arctica (Ichthyosporea) confocal microscopy, stained with DAPI and tubulin. 3D projection. Multicellgenome Lab
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