the TAI lab

the TAI lab

at the University of Western Ontario


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Erratt, K., Creed, I., Favot, E. J., Todoran, I., Tai, V., Smol, J., Trick, C. 2021. Paleolimnological evidence reveals climate-induced preeminence of cyanobacteria in a temperate meromictic lake. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2021-0095.

Erratt, K., Creed, C., Chemali, C., Ferrara, A. J., Tai, V., and Trick, C. 2021. Performance and competitiveness of red vs. green phenotypes of a cyanobacterium grown under artificial lake browning. Algae. 36: 195-206. doi: 10.4490/algae.2021.36.7.19.

Kolísko, K., Flegontova, O., Karnkowska, A., Lax, G., Maritz, J., Pánek, T., Táborský, P., Carlton, J., Cepička, I., Horák, A., Lukeš, J., Simpson, A., and Tai, V. 2020. EukRef Excavates: Six curated SSU ribosomal RNA gene databases. Databases. 2020:baaa080. doi:10.1093/database/baaa080.

Olmstead, A. D., Montoya, V., Chui, C. K., Dong, W., Joy, J. B., Tai, V, Poon, A. F. Y., Nguyen, T., Brumme, C. J., Martinello, M., Matthews, G. V., Harrigan, P. R., Dore, G. J., Applegate, T. L., Grebely, J., and Howe, A. 2019. A systematic, deep sequencing-based methodology for identification of mixed-genotype hepatitis C virus infections. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 69: 76-84. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2019.01.016.

Ysseldyk, R., Greenaway, K. H., Hassinger, E., Zutrauen, S., Lintz, J., Bhatia, M. P., Frye, M., Starkenburg, E. and Tai, V. 2019. A leak in the academic pipeline: identity and health among postdoctoral women. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01297

Gile G. H., James, E. R.. Tai, V., Harper, J. T., Merrell, T. L., Boscaro, V., Husnik, F., Scheffrahn, R. H. and Keeling, P. J. 2018. New species of Spirotrichonympha from Reticulitermes and the relationships among genera in Spirotrichonymphea (Parabasalia). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/jeu.12447.

Thompson L. R., Sanders, J. G., McDonald, D., Amir, A., Ladau, J., Locey, K. J. et al. 2017. A communal catalogue reveals Earth’s multiscale microbial diversity. Nature. 551: 457-463. doi: 10.1038/nature24621.

Tai, V., Carpenter, K. J., Weber, P. K., Nalepa, C. A., Perlman, S. J., and Keeling, P. J. 2016. Genome evolution and nitrogen fixation in bacterial ectosymbionts of a protist inhabiting wood-feeding cockroaches. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82: 4682-4695. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00611-16.

Strassert, J. F. H, Tikhonenkov, D. V., Pombert, J.-F., Kolisko, M., Tai, V., Mylnikov, A. P., and Keeling, P. J. 2016. Moramonas marocensis gen. nov., sp. nov.: a jakobid flagellate isolated from desert soil with a bacteria-like, but bloated mitochondrial genome. Open Biology. 6: 150239. doi: 10.1098/rsob.150239.

Tai, V., James, E. R., Nalepa, C. A., Scheffrahn, R. H., Perlman, S. J., and Keeling, P. J. 2015. The role of host phylogeny varies in structuring the microbial communities in the hindguts of lower termites. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 81: 1059-1070. doi: 10.1128/AEM.02945-14.

Tai, V., Gile, G. H., Pan, J., James, E. R., Carpenter, K. J., Scheffrahn, R. H., Keeling, P. J. 2014. The phylogenetic position of Kofoidia loriculata (Parabasalia) and its implications for the evolution of the Cristamonadea. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 62: 255-259. doi: 10.1111/jeu.12163

Tai, V., James, E. R., Perlman, S. J., and Keeling, P. J. 2013. Single-cell barcoding using sequences from the small subunit rRNA and internal transcribed spacer region identifies new species of Trichonympha and Trichomitopsis from the hindgut of the termite Zootermopsis angusticollis. PLoS ONE. 8: e58728. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058728.

James, E. R., Tai, V., Scheffrahn, R. H., and Keeling, P. J. 2013. Trichonympha burlesquei from Reticulitermes virginicus and evidence against a cosmopolitan distribution of Trichonympha agilis in many termite hosts. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 63: 3873-3876. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.054874-0.

Tai, V., Poon, A. F. Y., Paulsen, I. T., and Palenik, B. 2011. Selection in coastal Synechococcus (Cyanobacteria) populations evaluated from environmental metagenomes. PLoS ONE. 6(9): e24249. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024249.

Tai, V., Burton, R. S., and Palenik, B. 2011. Temporal and spatial distributions of marine Synechococcus in the Southern California Bight assessed by hybridization to bead-arrays. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 426: 133-147. doi: 10.3354/meps09030.

Lucas, A. J. Dupont, C. L., Tai, V., Largier, J. L., Palenik, B., and Franks, P. J. S. 2011. The green ribbon: Multi-scale physical control of phytoplankton productivity and community structure over a narrow continental shelf. Limnology and Oceanography. 56: 611-626. doi: 10.4319/lo.2011.56.2.0611.

Tai, V., Paulsen, I. T., Phillipy, K., Johnson D. A., and Palenik, B. 2009. Whole genome microarray analyses of Synechococcus-Vibrio interactions. Environmental Microbiology. 11: 2698-2709. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2009.01997.x.

Tai, V. and Palenik, B. 2009. Temporal variation of Synechococcus clades at a coastal Pacific Ocean monitoring site. The ISME Journal. 3: 903-915. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2009.35.

Tetu, S. G., Brahamsha, B., Johnson, D. A., Tai, V., Phillippy, K., Palenik, B., and Paulsen, I. T. Microarray analysis of phosphate regulation in the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. WH8102. 2009. The ISME Journal. 3: 835-849. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.1993.tb00914.x.

Palenik, B., Ren, Q., Tai, V., and Paulsen, I. T. 2009. Coastal Synechococcus metagenome reveals major roles for horizontal gene transfer and plasmids in population diversity. Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01772.x.

Palenik, B., Grimwood, J., Aerts, A., Rouze, P., Salamovd, A., Putnam, N., Dupont, C., Jorgensen, R., Derelle, E., Rombauts, S., Zhou, K., Otillar, R., Merchant, S. S., Podell, S., Gaasterland, T., Napoli, C., Gendler, K., Manuell, A.,Tai, V., Vallon, O., Piganeau, G., Jancek, S., Heijde, M., Jabbari, K., Bowler, C., Lohr, M., Robbens, S., Werner, G., Dubchak, I., Pazour, G. J., Ren, Q., Paulsen, I., Delwiche, C., Schmutz, J., Rokhsar, D., Van de Peer, Y., Moreau, H., and Grigoriev, I. V. 2007. The tiny eukaryote Ostreococcus provides genomic insights into the paradox of plankton speciation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U. S. A. 104: 7705-7710. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0611046104.

Calderwood, D. A., Tai, V., Di Paolo, G., De Camilli, P., and Ginsberg, M. H. 2004. Competition for talin results in trans-dominant inhibition of integrin activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 279: 28889-28895. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M402161200.

Tadokoro, S., Shattil, S. J., Eto, K., Tai, V., Liddington, R. C., de Pereda, J. M., Ginsberg, M. H., and Calderwood, D. A. 2003. Talin binding to integrin β tails: a final common step in integrin activation. Science. 302: 103-106. doi: 10.1126/science.1086652.

Tai, V., Lawrence, J. E., Lang, A. S., Chan, A. C., Culley, A. I., and Suttle, C. A. 2003. Characterization of HaRNAV, a novel single-stranded RNA virus causing lysis of Heterosigma akashiwo (Raphidophyceae). Journal of Phycology. 39: 343-352. doi: 10.1046/j.1529-8817.2003.01162.x.

Tai, V., Lindstrom, S. C., and Saunders, G. W. 2001. Phylogeny of the Dumontiaceae (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) and associated families based on SSU rDNA and internal transcribed spacer sequence data. Journal of Phycology. 37: 184-196. doi: 10.1046/j.1529-8817.2001.037001184.x.

Publications, non-peer reviewed

Tai, V. and Keeling, P. J. 2013. Termite hindguts and the ecology of microbial communities in the sequencing age. Journal Eukaryotic Microbiology. 60: 421-428. doi: 10.1111/jeu.12048.

Benham, C. Cawood, A. M., Cook, G. S., Darnell, A., Davison, P. C., Goldstein, M. C., Johnson, A. E., Konotchick, T., Maldonado, E. M., Pasulka, A. L., Prairie, J. C., Moseman, S. M., Tai, V.,Tanner, C. A., Vardi, T., Whitty, T. S., and Levin, L. A. 2008. Marine Metapopulations (book review). Marine Ecology. 29: 319-320. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2008.00243.x.