Andrew J. Roger

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Andrew J. Roger

Andrew J. Roger is a Canadian-Australian molecular biologist and evolutionary bioinformatician. He is currently a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University and the director of the inter-departmental Centre for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics (CGEB).[1] Roger received his B.Sc from the University of British Columbia and his PhD from Dalhousie University. He is a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research[2] in the Integrated Microbial Biodiversity Program[3] since 2007. Roger was also elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012[4] for his work on eukaryotic superkingdoms, notably for finding phylogenomic evidence for Excavata in collaboration with Alastair Simpson.[5]

A former student of Ford Doolittle, Roger's research focuses on the 'deep' Tree of Life, especially determining the super-kingdom-level relationships amongst eukaryotes and clarifying the nature of the last eukaryotic common ancestor (LECA).[6] Using phylogenomic approaches Roger's group elucidates the patterns and process of genome evolution in eukaryotic microbes. He is particularly interested in the evolutionary origin of mitochondria, hydrogenosomes, and mitosomes,[7][8][9] and how anaerobic parasites evolved from free-living ancestors.


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  7. ^ Muñoz-Gómez, S. A.; Wideman, J. G.; Roger, A. J.; Slamovits, C. H. (2017). "The origin of mitochondrial cristae from alphaproteobacteria". Molecular Biology and Evolution: msw298. doi:10.1093/molbev/msw298. PMID 28087774.
  8. ^ Stairs, Courtney W.; Eme, Laura; Brown, Matthew W.; Mutsaers, Cornelis; Susko, Edward; Dellaire, Graham; Soanes, Darren M.; van der Giezen, Mark; Roger, Andrew J. (June 2014). "A SUF Fe-S Cluster Biogenesis System in the Mitochondrion-Related Organelles of the Anaerobic Protist Pygsuia". Current Biology. 24 (11): 1176–1186. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.04.033.
  9. ^ Leger, M. M.; Gawryluk, R. M.; Gray, M. W.; Roger, A. J. (2013). "Evidence for a Hydrogenosomal-Type Anaerobic ATP Generation Pathway in Acanthamoeba castellanii". PLoS ONE. 8 (9): e69532. Bibcode:2013PLoSO...869532L. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069532. PMC 3785491. PMID 24086244.