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). 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 in the Integrated Microbial Biodiversity Program since 2007. Roger was also elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012 for his work on eukaryotic superkingdoms, notably for finding phylogenomic evidence for Excavata in collaboration with Alastair Simpson.
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). 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, and how anaerobic parasites evolved from free-living ancestors.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.