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

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.

Courses

Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
MIC 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
MIC 494 Special Topics
BIO 494 Special Topics
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
EVO 598 Special Topics
BDE 792 Research
BDE 799 Dissertation
Fall 2020
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
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BDE 792 Research
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
MIC 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
MIC 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
MIC 494 Special Topics
BIO 494 Special Topics
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
EVO 598 Special Topics
BDE 792 Research
BDE 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
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 2019
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
MIC 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
MIC 494 Special Topics
BIO 494 Special Topics
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
EVO 598 Special Topics
BDE 792 Research
BDE 799 Dissertation
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