1010774_686121324747865_951448096_nI’m a PhD student of evolutionary protistology working in the lab of Vladimír Hampl in Prague. I’m interested in the evolution of anaerobic protists, reduced mitochondria, lateral gene transfer, and related topics. My current research interest lies in genomics and cell biology of Preaxostyla, an understudied group of metamonads. In this project we focus on two protists, Paratrimastix pyriformis and Monocercomonoides exilis which appear to be a promising model system for the study of reductive evolution of mitochondria.