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Gillian Gile

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Associate Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography: 

Gillian Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies symbiosis, defined as a relationship between distinct organisms that is maintained over evolutionary time. Microbial eukaryotes, the single-celled relatives of plants and animals also known as protists, engage in a fascinating array of partnerships with each other, with bacteria, and even with plants and animals.

One such symbiosis is the partnership between termites and the protists that live in their guts and help with wood digestion. Another study system is the far more ancient symbiosis between a protist and a photosynthetic bacterium that ultimately led to the complex cells of modern plants and algae. Professor Gile uses molecular biology, phylogenetics, and comparative genomics techniques to understand how the protists in these symbioses interact and co-evolve with their partners.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Canada 2009
  • B.S. Humboldt State University, California 2005
Publications: 

Select Publications:

  • Taerum SJ, Jasso-Selles DE, Hileman JT, De Martini F, Mizumoto N, Gile GH. 2020. Spirotrichonymphea (Parabasalia) symbionts of the termite Paraneotermes simplicicornis. European Journal of Protistology 76:125742.

  • Jasso-Selles DE, De Martini F, Velenovsky JF, Mee ED, Hileman JT, Montoya SJ, Garcia MD, Su N-Y, Chouvenc T, Gile GH. 2020. The protist symbiont communities of Coptotermes formosanus and Coptotermes gestroi: Morphological and molecular characterization of five new species. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 67:626-641.

  • Dorrell RG, Azuma T, Nomura M, Auren de Kerdrel G, Paoli L, Bowler C, Ishii K, Miyashita H, Gile GH, Kamikawa R. 2019. Principles of plastid reductive evolution illuminated by non-photosynthetic chrysophytes. PNAS 116:6914-6923. 

  • Taerum SJ, De Martini F, Liebig JR, Gile GH. 2018. Incomplete co-cladogenesis between Zootermopsis termites and their associated protists. Environmental Entomology 47:184-195. 

  • Gavelis GS, Gile GH. 2018. How did cyanobacteria first embark on the path to becoming plastids?: Lessons from protist symbioses. FEMS Microbiology Letters 367:fny209. 

  • Jasso-Selles D, De Martini F, Freeman KD, Garcia MD, Merrell TL, Scheffrahn RH, Gile GH. 2017. The parabasalid symbiont community of Heterotermes aureus: Molecular and morphological characterization and description of four new species and reestablishment of the genus Cononympha. European Journal of Protistology, 61:48-63. 

  • Čepička I, Dolan MF, Gile GH. 2017. Parabasalia. In: Handbook of Protists, Archibald JM, Simpson AGB, Slamovits CH eds. Springer, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32669-6_9-1.
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
MIC 493Honors Thesis
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
EVO 598Special Topics
BDE 792Research
BDE 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 340General Genetics
BIO 394Special Topics
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BDE 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
MIC 493Honors Thesis
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
EVO 598Special Topics
BDE 792Research
BDE 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 340General Genetics
BIO 394Special Topics
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
MIC 493Honors Thesis
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
EVO 598Special Topics
BDE 792Research
BDE 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 340General Genetics
BIO 394Special Topics
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
MIC 493Honors Thesis
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 494Special Topics
MIC 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 340General Genetics
BIO 394Special Topics
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 340General Genetics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research