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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

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  • 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.
  • Gile GH, James ER, Tai V, Harper JT, Merrell TL, Boscaro V, Husník F, Scheffrahn RH, Keeling PJ. 2017. New species of Spirotrichonympha from Reticulitermes and the relationships among genera in Spirotrichonymphea (Parabasalia). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, in press, doi: 10.1111/jeu.12447.
  • Dorrell RG, Gile GH, Méheust R, McCallum G, Klinger CM, Brillet-Guéguen L, Freeman KD, Richter DJ, Bapteste EP, Bowler C. 2017. Reconstruction of an ancestral plastid proteome reveals the origin and fate of complex plastid lineages. eLife 6:e23717. 
  • Gile GH, Moog D, Slamovits CH, Maier U-G, Archibald JM. 2015. Dual organellar targeting of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases in diatoms and cryptophytes. Genome Biology and Evolution 7:1728-1742.
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
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MIC 493Honors Thesis
MIC 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 591Seminar