Eukaryotic Division

The Eukaryotic Division aims to promote eukaryotic microbiology in its widest context in fundamental, medical, applied and environmental aspects. It provides a scientific focus for a subject that has often been fragmented over a range of different subject areas, scientific groups and societies. All major eukaryotic systems (fungi, protozoa, algae, slime moulds) are included as well as their interactions with the bacteria and viruses.


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Edward Louis




Anastasios Tsaousis



Members of Division and areas of expertise

  • Edward Louis – Chair (Microbial diversity and evolution)
  • Anastasios Tsaousis – Chair-Elect (Infectious disease)
  • Alessia Buscaino (Translational Microbiology)
  • Alison Smith (Translational Microbiology)
  • Carolina Coehlo (Translational Microbiology)
  • Duncan Wilson (Fundamental)
  • Ellen Nisbet (Fundamental)
  • Eva Gluenz (Infectious disease)
  • Katherine Helliwell (Microbial diversity and evolution)
  • Michael Cunliffe (Microbial diversity and evolution)
  • Robin Williams (Translational Microbiology)

Eukaryotic Division ECM Forum Representative: Gerard Sheehan

Co-opted Member (Protistology UK): Sonja Rueckert

Why does microbiology matter? 

"I chose microbiology as a degree because I realised, even as a teenager (astonishingly), that microbiology is everything. At that age, who knows what they want to do when they graduate, but I reasoned I would have a broad range of choices with a microbiology degree and (even more astonishingly) was right. So, one answer to this question is to recommend microbiology as a good start for all the life sciences, even just as a super-interesting route by which to learn careful and safe lab practice, for molecular biology for example. But, most of all, of course, microbiology matters because microbes are involved in every aspect of life and the environment. For my work, that means they are excellent models for studying all aspects of cell biology. It makes me sad that, as with plant sciences, somehow, we do not always seem to inform and enthuse schoolchildren so they realise how fascinating and important micro-organisms are – so the Society really matters because it is at the forefront of helping to do something about this."

Elinor P Thompson, previous Chair of the Eukaryotic Division

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