Genomic evolution of bacterial symbionts of eukaryotes

Most bacterial lineages that are involved in symbiotic relationships with eukaryotes undergo peculiar evolutionary processes, frequently becoming dependent on their host and establish suitable interaction . We are interested in unravelling the genome evolutionary underlying such fascinating biological systems, and we have multiple research projects on different symbiotic systems. In particular, we are dealing with Rickettsiales endosymbionts of different eukaryotes.