Heather Jean Esson, Ph.D.

Job Position: Research Scientist - Laboratory of Evolutionary Protistology

Contact details

Phone: +420 387775437
E-mail: esson@paru.cas.cz
Room: 237

Curriculum vitae

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Evolution of photosynthesis in eukaryotes, morphological diversity and evolution in protists.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT:

  • 2013-present – Postdoctoral research: Evolution of photosynthetic proteins; morphological cell biology of Chromera. Laboratory of Evolutionary Protistology, Institute of Parasitology, Czech Academy of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic.
  • 2009-2012 – Postdoctoral research: Morphology of the bilobe in Trypanosoma brucei. Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2004-2009 – PhD thesis: Morphological Evolution and Development of the Euglenid Cytoskeleton. Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 1998-2003 – BSc in Plant Biology. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
Esson, H. J., Morriswood, B., Yavuz, S., Vidilaseris, K., Dong, G., and Warren, G. 2012. Morphology of the trypanosome bilobe, a novel cytoskeletal structure. Eukaryot Cell 11:761-772.

Esson, H. J. and Leander, B. S. 2010. Evolution of distorted pellicle patterns in rigid photosynthetic euglenids (Phacus Dujardin). J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 57:19-32.

Leander, B. S., Esson, H. J., and Breglia, S. A. 2007. Macroevolution of complex cytoskeletal systems in euglenids. BioEssays 29: 987-1000.

Esson, H. J. and Leander, B. S. 2006. A model for the morphogenesis of strip reduction patterns in phototrophic euglenids: Evidence for heterochrony in pellicle evolution. Evolution and Development 8:378-388.

Publications
Total found: 2 records
Füssy Z., Masařová P., Kručinská J., Esson H. J., Oborník M. (2017) Budding of the alveolate alga Vitrella brassicaformis resembles sexual and asexual processes in apicomplexan parasites Protist 168 : 80-91.
DOI: 10.1016/j.protis.2016.12.001
Oborník M., Kručinská J., Esson H. J. (2016) Life cycles of chromerids resemble those of colpodellids and apicomplexan parasites Perspectives in Phycology 3 : 21-27.
DOI: 10.1127/pip/2016/0038

CONTACT

Biology Centre CAS
Institute of Parasitology
Branišovská 1160/31
370 05 České Budějovice

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