Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Protistology

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Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Protistology was founded at the end of 2018. Main direction of its activity is evolutionary and taxonomic studies of the key phylogenetic clades of unicellular eukaryotes, research on species problem, biogeography, and the role of protists in natural communities. The research of the Laboratory combines both classical approaches that are based on the studies of morphology and physiology of protistan cells as independent organisms, and modern techniques of phylogenetics, phylogenomics, and molecular biology.

At present, the Laboratory staff is accumulating data on the patterns of the geographic distribution of the key taxa of amoeboid protists, and have collected data for taxonomic revision and reconstruction of the cell coat evolution of amoebae from the order Dactylopodida (Amoebozoa). The research is performed on the biodiversity of Foraminifera in the Arctic seas of Russia, lifecycles of Heliozoa, symbiotic systems of ciliates with prokaryotes, and molecular evolution of trypanosomatid flagellates. In addition, the staff of the Laboratory studies the origin and early evolution of multicellular opisthokonts based on genomic and transcriptomic data analysis.


13 employees (13 researchers).

Alexander A. Kudryavtsev (Head of Laboratory, Senior Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Ekaterina N. Volkova (Junior Researcher)

Daria O. Drachko (Junior Researcher)

Andrey V. Zolotarev (Junior Researcher)

Alexei Y. Kostygov (Senior Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Mikhail S. Krendelev (Junior Researcher)

Ivan B. Kuznetsov (Voltski) (Junior Researcher)

Maksim S. Melekhin (Junior Researcher)

Igor R. Pozdnyakov (Junior Researcher)

Kristina I. Prokina (Junior Researcher)

Alexey A. Potekhin (Senior Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Mikhail M. Tribun (Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Ilya A. Udalov (Senior Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Topic of State Assignment

“Protistan communities of the mineralized habitats under global climate change: investigations using traditional and molecular methods”.
PI: Head of Laboratory, Candidate of Biological Sciences A.A. Kudryavtsev.
No. АААА-А19-119031390116-9.

Main publications of the Laboratory

Bondarenko N., Volkova E., Masharsky A., Kudryavtsev A., Smirnov A. 2020. A comparative characterisation of the complete mitochondrial genomes of Paramoeba aparasomata and Neoparamoeba pemaquidensis (Amoebozoa, Paramoebidae). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 67: 167–175.

Adl S.M., Bass D., Lane C.E., Lukeš J., Schoch C.L., Smirnov A., Agatha S., Berney C., Brown M.W., Burki F., Cárdenas P., Čepička I., Chistyakova L., del Campo J., Dunthorn M., Edvardsen B., Eglit Y., Guillou L., Hampl V., Heiss A.A., Hoppenrath M., James T.Y., Karpov S., Kim E., Kolisko M., Kudryavtsev A., Lahr D.J.G., Lara E., Le Gall L., Lynn D.H., Mann D.G., Massana i Molera R., Mitchell E.A.D., Morrow C., Park J.S., Pawlowski J.W., Powell M.J., Richter D.J., Rueckert S., Shadwick L., Shimano S., Spiegel F.W., Torruella i Cortes G., Youssef N., Zlatogursky V., Zhang Q. 2019. Revisions to the classification, nomenclature, and diversity of eukaryotes. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 66: 4–119.

Butenko A., Kostygov A.Y., Sádlová J., Kleschenko Y., Bečvář T., Podešvová L., Macedo D.H., Žihala D., Lukeš J., Bates P.A., Volf P., Opperdoes F.R., Yurchenko V. 2019. Comparative genomics of Leishmania (Mundinia). BMC Genomics 20(1): 726.

Tikhonenkov D.V., Jhin S.H., Eglit Y., Miller K., Plotnikov A., Simpson A.G.B., Park J.S. 2019. Ecological and evolutionary patterns in the enigmatic protist genus Percolomonas (Heterolobosea; Discoba) from diverse habitats. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0216188.

Volkova E.N, Völcker E., Clauß S., Bondarenko N., Kudryavtsev A. 2019. Paramoeba aparasomata n. sp., a symbiont-free species, and its relative Paramoeba karteshi n. sp. (Amoebozoa, Dactylopodida). European Journal of Protistology 71: 125630.

Grants of the Laboratory

RSF No. 20-14-00181. “Amoebozoa of the World Ocean: phylogeny, community composition and global distribution patterns” (PI А.A. Kudryavtsev).

Grant No. 283 from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Assemble Plus project: “Assessment of amoeboid protists in a planktonic community of the Bay of Villefranche” (PI А.A. Kudryavtsev).