Tom Bourguignon

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Tom Bourguignon
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Biological Sciences (University of Brussels, 2010)
Master of Advanced Studies in Sciences (Free University of Brussels, 2006)
Master in Biological Sciences (Free University of Brussels, 2005)
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I am an ecologist and evolutionary biologist with special interests on insects. I was born in Belgium and obtained my PhD in 2010 from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and then did three successive postdocs at the Hokkaido University, National University of Singapore, and University of Sydney. I joined OIST in 2017 and establish the Evolutionary Genomics Unit. My work makes extensive use of next generation sequencing technologies to investigate modern themes in ecology and evolution.

Professional Experience

  • Hokkaido University, Japan, 2010-2012
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2012-1015
  • The University of Sydney, Australia, 2015-2017

Selected Publications

  • Bourguignon T.*, Lo N.* (*equal first authors), Dietrich C., Šobotník J., Sidek S., Roisin Y., Brune A. & Evans T.A. (2018) Rampant host-switching shaped the termite gut microbiome. Current Biology, 28, 649-654. This article has been recommended in F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field.
  • Bourguignon T.*, Qian T.* (*equal first authors), Ho S.Y.W., Juna F., Wang Z., Arab D.A., Cameron S.L., Walker J., Rentz D., Evans T.A., Lo N. (2018) Transoceanic and plate tectonics shaped global cockroach distributions: evidence from mitochondrial phylogenomics. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 35, 970-983.
  • Bourguignon T., Lo N., Šobotník J., Ho S.Y.W., Iqbal N., Coissac E., Lee M., Jendryka M., Sillam-Dussès D., Křížková B., Roisin Y. & Evans T.A. (2017) Mitochondrial phylogenomics resolves the global spread of higher termites, ecosystem engineers of the tropics. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 34, 589-597.
  • Bourguignon T., Lo N., Šobotník J., Sillam-Dussès D., Roisin Y. & Evans T.A. (2016) Oceanic dispersal, vicariance and human introduction shaped the modern distribution of the termites Reticulitermes, Heterotermes and Coptotermes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283, 20160179.
  • Bourguignon T., Šobotník J., Brabcová J., Sillam-Dussès D., Buček A., Krasulová J., Vytisková B., Demianová Z., Mareš M., Roisin Y. & Vogel H. (2016) Molecular mechanism of the two-component suicidal weapon of Neocapritermes taracua old workers. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33, 809-819.
  • Šobotník J.*, Bourguignon T.* (*equal first authors), Hanus R., Demianová Z., Pytelková J., Mareš M., Foltýnová P., Preisler J., Cvačka J., Krasulová J. & Roisin Y. (2012) Explosive backpack in old termite workers. Science, 337, 436. Listed in the Top 10 ScienceNOWs of 2012, Science, 338, 1518.