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Courtney Stairs, PhD
Prinicpal investigator

CURRENT POSITION

Associate Senior University Lecturer/Biträdande universitetslektor Lund University, Sweden
Molecular cell biology unit in the Biology Department.

EDUCATION & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Science for Life Lab Pushing Frontiers Researcher (Sweden; 2018-2020)
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University

EMBO & NSERC, Post-doctoral Fellow (Sweden; 2016-2018)
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Canada; 2009-2015)
Dalhousie University

FUNDING
  • Crafoord Stiftelsen research grant (2021-2023) – Vetendskapsrådet starting grant (2021-2025)
  • Science for Life Pushing Frontiers Fellow (2018-2020)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-doctoral fellow (2017-2018)
  • European Molecular Biology Organization long-term fellow (2016-2018)
  • NSERC CGS-M, CGS-D Scholar (2009-2014)
  • Killam Trusts Level 1 and Level 2 Scholar (2009-2013)
PUBLICATION STATS

Number of first author publications: 7 (2, corresponding author*)
Number of peer-reviewed journal publications: 25
h-index (Google Scholar): 17

For an up-to-date publication list, please my Google Scholar and ORCID profiles.

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2021

(28) The integrin-mediated adhesive complex in the ancestor of animals, fungi, and amoebae. Curr. Biol. S0960982221006230 in press
Kang S, Tice AK, Stairs CW, Lahr DJG, Jones RE, and Brown M. (2021)

Curr. Biol. S0960982221006230 in press
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.04.076

(27) A functional bacterial-derived restriction modification system in the mitochondrion of a heterotrophic protist.
Milner DS, Wideman JG, Stairs CW, Dunn CD, and Richards TA. (2021)

PLoS Biol 19(4): e3001126
DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.3001126
Open-access: https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3001126

Associated content: Nat Rev Microbiol (2021). 10.1038/s41579-021-00570-3

(26) The Mastigamoeba balamuthi Genome and the Nature of the Free-Living Ancestor of Entamoeba.
Žárský V, Klimeš V, Pačes J, Vlček C, Beneš J, Nývltová E, Hrdý I, Pyrih J, Mach J, Barlow L, Stairs CW, Eme L, Hall N, Eliáš M, Dacks J, Roger AJ and Tachezy J. (2021)

Molecular biology and evolution 38 (6), 2240-2259
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msab020
Open-access: https://academic.oup.com/mbe/article/38/6/2240/6126414?login=true

(25) Diversity of electron transport chains in anaerobic protists.
Gawryluk R and Stairs CW*.
Accepted Biochimica et Biophysica Acta- Bioenergetics
Open-access: https://academic.oup.com/mbe/article/38/6/2240/6126414?login=true

2020

(24)     Chlamydial contribution to anaerobic metabolism during eukaryotic evolution.
Stairs CW, Dharamshi JE, Tamarit D, Eme L, Jørgensen SL, Spang A and Ettema TJG. (2020)

Science Advances 6(35):eabb7258.
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abb7258
Open-access: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/35/eabb7258/tab-article-info

Media coverage: https://youtu.be/m2jVc_ACpaE

(23)     Microbiomes in a manganese oxide producing ecosystem in the Ytterby mine, Sweden: impact on metal mobility.
Sjöberg S, Stairs CW, Allard B, Homa F, Martin T, Sjöberg V, Ettema TJG, Dupraz C. (2020)

FEMS Micro. Ecol. fiaa169 in press
DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiaa169
Open-access: https://academic.oup.com/femsec/article/96/11/fiaa169/5894917

(22)     Bubble biofilm: bacterial colonization of air-air interface.
Sjöberg S, Stairs CW, Allard B, Hallberg R, Homa F, Martin T, Ettema TJ, Dupraz C. (2020)

Biofilm, 100030.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bioflm.2020.100030
Open access: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590207520300125

(21)     The evolution of the Puf superfamily of proteins across the tree of eukaryotes.
Najdrova V, Stairs CW, Vinopalová M, Voleman L, and Pavel Dolezal. (2020)

BMC Biol 18:77
DOI: 10.1186/s12915-020-00814-3
Open access: https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-020-00814-3

(20)     Marine sediments illuminate Chlamydiae diversity and evolution.
Dharamshi JE, Tamarit D, Eme L, Stairs CW, Martijn J, Homa F, Jørgensen SL, Spang A and Ettema TJG. (2020)

Curr. Biol. 30(6):1032-1048.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.02.016
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982220301895 (PDF available upon request)

Associated content (Dispatch): doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.01.086
Select Media coverage: Sverigeradio Morgonpasset I P3: https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1460791
CNN https://us.cnn.com/2020/03/10/health/chlamydia-new-species-arctic-ocean-trnd/index.html

(19)     Stairs CW and Ettema TJG. The archaeal roots of the eukaryotic dynamic actin cytoskeleton.

Curr. Biol. 30(10):R521-6.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.02.074
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982220302815?via%3Dihub (PDF available upon request)

2019

(18)     The Oxymonad Genome Displays Canonical Eukaryotic Complexity in the Absence of a Mitochondrion.
Karnkowska A, Treitli SC, Brzoň O, Novák L, Vacek V, Soukal P, Barlow LD, Herman EK, Pipaliya SV, Pánek T, Žihala D, Petrželková R, Butenko A, Eme L, Stairs CW, Roger AJ, Eliáš M, Dacks JB, and Hampl V. (2019)

Mol Biol Evo. 36(19):2292-2312.
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msz147.

(17)     Proposal of the reverse flow model for the origin of the eukaryotic cell based on comparative analyses of Asgard archaeal metabolism.
Spang A, Stairs CW, Dombrowski N, Eme L, Lombard J, Caceres EF, Jørgensen SL, Baker BJ, and Ettema TJG. (2019).

Nat Microbiol 4:1138.
DOI: 10.1038/s41564-019-0406-9

Associated content (News & views): doi.org/10.1038/s41564-019-0495-5

(16)     Oxygen induces the expression of invasion and stress response genes in the anaerobic salmon parasite Spironucleus salmonicida.
Stairs CW*, Kokla A, Ástvaldsson Á, Svärd SG and Ettema TJG (2019).

BMC Biol 17:19
DOI: 10.1186/s12915-019-0634-8. 
*corresponding author

2018

(15)     Complex evolutionary history of Elongation Factor 2 and diphthamide biosynthesis in Archaea and parabasalids.
Narrowe AB, Spang A, Stairs CW, Caceres EF, Baker BJ, Miller CS and Ettema TJG. (2018)

Gen Biol Evol 10(9):2380.
DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evy154

(14)     Microbial eukaryotes have adapted to hypoxia by horizontal acquisitions of a gene involved in rhodoquinone biosynthesis.
Stairs CW, Eme L, Munoz-Gomez S, Cohen AM, Shepperd JM, Dellaire G, Fawcett J, and Roger AJ. (2018)

eLife 2018;7:e34292
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.34292

Media coverage: https://phys.org/news/2018-05-wisdom-protists-electron-cancer.html

(13)     Demystifying Eukaryote Lateral Gene Transfer.
Leger MM, Eme L, Stairs CW and Roger AJ. (2018)

BioEssays. 40(5):e1700242.
DOI: 10.1002/bies.201700242

2017

(12)     Archaea and the origin of eukaryotes.
Eme L, Spang A, Lombard J, Stairs CW, and Ettema TJG. (2017)

Nat Rev Microbiol 15:711.
DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro.2017.133

(11)     Extreme genome diversity in the hyper-prevalent parasitic eukaryote Blastocystis.
Gentekaki E, Curtis B, Stairs CW, et al. (22 authors) and Roger AJ (2017)

PLoS Biol 15(9), e2003769.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2003769

(10)     Organelles that illuminate the origins of Trichomonas hydrogenosomes and Giardia mitosomes.
Leger MM, Kolisko M, Kamikawa R, Stairs CW, et al. (12 authors) and Roger AJ. (2017)

Nat Ecol Evol 1:0092.
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0092

2016

(9)       The earliest stages of mitochondrial adaptation to low oxygen revealed in a novel rhizarian.
Gawryluk R, Kamikawa R, Stairs CW, Silberman JD, Brown MW, and Roger AJ. (2016)

Curr Biol 26(20); 2729.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.08.025

(8)       Arginine deiminase pathway enzymes: evolutionary history in metamonads and other eukaryotes.
Novák, L, Zubáčová Z, Karnkowska A, Kolisko M, Hroudová M, Stairs CW, Simpson AGB, Keeling PJ, Roger AJ, Čepička I, and Hampl V. (2016)

BMC Evol Biol 16(1);197
DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0771-4

(7)       Hamann E, Gruber-Vodicka H, Kleiner M. Tegetmeyer H, Riedel D, Littmann S, Chen J, Milucka J, Viehweger B, Becker KW, Dong X, Stairs CW, Hinrichs K, Brown MW, Roger AJ, and Strous M. (2016) Environmental Breviatea harbour mutualistic Arcobacter epibionts.

Nature 534(7606):254.
DOI: 10.1038/nature18297

(6)       A eukaryote without a mitochondrial organelle.
Karnkowska A, Vacek V, Zubáčová Z, Treitli SC, Petrželková R, Eme L, Novák L, Žárský V, Barlow LD, Herman EK, Soukal P, Hroudová M, Doležal P, Stairs CW, Roger AJ, Eliáš M, Dacks JB, Vlček C, and Hampl V. (2016)

Curr Biol 26(10):1274–1284.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.053

2015

(5)       Diversity and origins of anaerobic metabolism in mitochondria and related organelles.
Stairs CW, Leger MM, Roger AJ (2015)

Philos Trans R Soc B Biol Sci 370(1678).
DOI:10.1098/rstb.2014.0326.

(4)       Lateral Gene Transfer And Gene Duplication Played A Key Role In The Evolution Of Mastigamoeba balamuthi Hydrogenosomes.
Nývltová E, Stairs CW, Hrdý I, Pačes J, Roger AJ, and Tachezy J. (2015).

Mol Biol Evo 32(4):1039-1055.
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msu408

(3) A SUF Fe-S cluster biogenesis system in the mitochondrion-related organelles of the anaerobic protist Pygsuia biforma.
Stairs CW, Eme L, Brown MW, Mutsaers C, Susko E, Dellaire G, Soanes D, van der Giezen M, and Roger AJ. (2014)

Curr Biol 24(11):1176-1186.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.04.033

(2)       The tangled past of eukaryotic enzymes involved in anaerobic metabolism.
Hampl V, Stairs CW, and Roger AJ. (2011)

Mob Gen Elements 1(1):71.
DOI: 10.4161/mge.1.1.15588

(1)       Eukaryotic pyruvate formate lyase and its activating enzyme were acquired laterally from a firmicute.
Stairs CW, Roger AJ, and Hampl V. (2011)

Mol Biol Evo 28(7):2087.
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msr032