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From coral reefs to malaria: An evolutionary perspective of intracellular parasites

Governor General Lecture Series brings renowned biologist to Concordia

Date & time

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


This event is free


7141 Sherbrooke W. Room Room RF-110

Wheelchair accessible


Patrick Keeling’s recent discovery that the malaria parasite, Plasmodium, contains a chloroplast, raises an intriguing question.  Why would a parasite that develops in the dark within animal cells, need an organelle used for photosynthesis by plants and algae?

The search for an answer has played out on coral reefs, and Keeling will discuss research that has traced back to an ancient evolutionary event where one cell ate another and stole its plastid.

This lecture is open to staff, faculty, students and the public.

R.S.V.P. to Michele Anderson

When:           Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 2  to 4 p.m.
         Room RF-110, Refectory, Loyola Campus, 7141 Sherbrooke Street W.


Patrick Keeling is a Professor in the Botany Department at the University of British Columbia. He is the Director of the Centre for Microbial Diversity and Evolution, the Integrated Microbial Biodiversity program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFA), and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Royal Society of Canada’s Governor General Lecture Series

In 2004, The Royal Society of Canada established the Governor General Lecture Series to inform Canadians of recent advances in research, as well as the policy implications of recent discoveries.

The Governor General Lectures Series is the first national research lectures in Canada, and the lectures are organized in exclusive collaboration with the Institutional Members of the Society. These lectures are to be presented in English and/or French or bilingually, and at a level which can be appreciated by the general public.

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