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AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Marie B. Lund, Dale T. Mortensen Junior Fellow

Title: Faithful but not enslaved - What drives the genome evolution of microbial symbionts?

2013.08.19 | AIAS

Date Mon 09 Sep
Time 14:15 16:15
Location The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C


We live in a microbial world. All higher organisms have evolved with and in response to microbes and consequently, symbiotic associations are ubiquitous in nature. The transition from a free-living to a host-associated life-style has huge implications for the genome evolution of microbial symbionts. Marie Braad Lund is using symbiotic bacteria in earthworms as a model system for the genome evolution of host-associated extracellular symbionts.


Marie Braad Lund is a Dale T. Mortensen Fellow at AIAS. She did her undergraduate and graduate studies at Aarhus University where she studied the function and evolution of earthworm symbionts. After obtaining her PhD degree in winter 2009, she moved to California where she studied marine nitrogen cycling at Stanford University for three years. Now, she has returned to Aarhus University and the earthworm symbiosis system, which she is using as a model for understanding basic evolutionary principals.

Lotte Phillipsen, Jens Christian Skou Junior Fellow, will introduce the seminar.

What is a Fellows' Seminar?

The AIAS Fellows' Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellows or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English and open to the public. Registration to the seminar is not necessary. Read more about the AIAS Fellows' Seminar here.