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What's new: 

This summer (2013), ICOP is coming to Vancouver - see you soon!!

Abstract submission due is 11th April; Early bird rego is 30th April.


> more info available on the official ICOP website

Our tomography paper is accepted to PLoS One!

3D structure of the apical complex and association with the flagellar apparatus revealed by serial TEM tomography in Psammosa pacifica, a distant relative of the apicomplexa

Noriko Okamoto & Patrick J Keeling (2013)


Stay tuned for the actual publication date. Should you wish to have an authors proof, please feel free to contact me.

Dino review accepted


A comparative overview of the flagellar apparatus of dinoflagellate, perkinsids and colpodellids.
Noriko Okamoto, Patrick J. Keeling *

This is an invited, peer reviewd article for a special issue of Microorganism "Biology of Dinoflagellates: Advances in the Last 25 Years (1987-2012)"


Stay tuned for the actual publication date. Should you wish to have an authors proof, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Rob Knight is coming to UBC on his way to TED2014!

"Research in the Knight lab primarily focuses on bioinformatics and the lab has been on the forefront of many scientific advances using high-throughput sequencing to address large-scale questions in evolution and microbial ecology. Much of Rob’s work has focused on characterizing complex microbial communities, including those that inhabit our bodies. In 2009 he became an HHMI Early Career Scientist, and in 2012 he became an AAAS Fellow. He participates in the Human Microbiome Project in several capacities including PI of the University of Colorado component of the Data Analysis and Coordination Center; he is PI of the grants funding the Earth Microbiome Project and Scientific Lead of American Gut; his lab developed the popular UniFrac and QIIME software for microbial community analyses, among other packages, and protocols for high-throughput microbial amplicon sequencing on the 454 and Illumina platforms; and he has participated in discoveries including linking gut microbes to obesity, to diet, to geography, to age and to host behavior; the individualized nature of our microbes, which even link us to objects we touch; the role of pH rather than plant community or biome in structuring soil microbial communities globally; and the deep microbial “seed bank” that occurs in marine and perhaps other ecosystems."

Dr. Knight is presenting a special seminar at UBC on Monday March 17th, 2014.

This is an open event - everyone is welcome!

PROTIST 2014 @Banff

PROTIST 2014 meeting will be held at beautiful Banff Centre, AB. There will be a sessopm for Moore Foundation Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP) and various other symposia! Early bird rego ends on the 1st of May, 2014.

For further detail, visit their website at

After months of preparation, the first episode of our Microbe Hunt is here.... Finally!

Let me know how you like it!!

Going on a Microbe Hunt,

Gonna Catch a Small One!