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Ken Wilson - Algal Functional Genomics

Assistant Professor
Biology Department
Room 140 Biology Building
112 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon  SK  S7N 5E2
tel: (306) 966-4418
fax: (306) 966-4461


The primary goal of our research is to determine how photosynthetic organisms detect changes in their environment, and respond to protect themselves from stress and cellular damage.

We primarily use the single cell green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a model system because it has several advantages over higher plants for gene identification and functional analysis. It grows rapidly, the nuclear and chloroplast genomes can be routinely transformed and there is a low level of functional gene duplication. Also of great benefit, the genetics of inheritance are well characterised. Thus, we utilize the microbial nature of green algae to develop and test theories on how plants detect changes in and respond to their environment.



Current Projects




Detection and Signalling of Reactive Oxygen Species




Assembly of Light Harvesting Protein Complexes



Examination of Algal Species native to Saskatchewan