Gillian Gile

Assistant Professor
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

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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.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 340 General Genetics
BIO 394 Special Topics
MIC 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
MIC 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 494 Special Topics
MIC 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 340 General Genetics
BIO 394 Special Topics
MIC 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 340 General Genetics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
MIC 493 Honors Thesis
MIC 494 Special Topics
BIO 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar