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

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


  • 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.

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.

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


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