Saint-Petersburg State University
Faculty of Biology

Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Rus | Eng

Sergey Karpov


PhD, DSc, Professor


Scientific interests: Ultrastructure, cytoskeleton, molecular phylogeny, biodiversity of protists, symbiogenesis, the origin and evolution of eukaryotic cell and multicellular organisms, phylogeny and systematics of eukaryotes.


Basics of protistology (lecture course for undergraduate students);
Special protistology (lecture course for Master students);
General protistology (lecture course for Master students).

Selected papers:

  1. Karpov S.A. (editor). The biology of free-living heterotrophic flagellates. Cytology, 1995, 37. Nauka, St.Petersburg. (cover)
  2. Karpov S.A., Fokin S.I. The structural diversity of flagellar transitional zone in heterotrophic flagellates and other protists. In: The biology of free-living heterotrophic flagellates (ed. S.A.Karpov), Cytology, 1995, 37, 1038-1052.
  3. Frolov A.O., Karpov S.A. Comparative morphology of kinetoplastids. In: The biology of free-living heterotrophic flagellates (ed. S.A.Karpov), Cytology, 1995, 37, 1072-1096.
  4. Karpov S.A. Flagellate phylogeny: ultrastructural approach. In: The Flagellates. (eds Leadbeater, B.S.C. & Green, J.C.) (2000). Systematics Association Special Publications. pp.336-360. London: Taylor & Francis.
  5. Karpov S.A., Tanichev A.I. The ultrastructural study of green alga Pedinomonas tenuis Massjuk, 1970 with  special reference to the flagellar apparatus. Arch. Protistenk., 1992, 141, 4, 315-326.
  6. Fokin S.I., Karpov S.A. Bacterial endocytobionts inhabiting the perinuclear space of Protista. Endocytob.Cell Res. 1995, 11, 81-94 .
  7. Frolov A.O., Karpov S.A., Malysheva M.N. The ultrastructure of mitosis in free-living kinetoplastide Bodo curvifilus. Europ. J. Protistol. 1996, 32, 3-4, 498-505.
  8. Ossipov D.V., Karpov, S.A., Smirnov A.V., Rautian M.S. Prokariotic endo- and ectocytobionts in protists. Acta Protistologica, 1997, 37, 1-18.
  9. Karpov S.A. Cercomonads and Their Relationship to the Myxomycetes. Arch.Protistenk. 1997, 148, 297-307.
  10. Karpov S.A., Leadbeater B.S.C. Cell and nuclear division in freshwater choanoflagellate Monosiga ovata. Europ. J. Protistol. 1997, 33, 323-334.
  11. Karpov S.A., Leadbeater B.S.C. The cytoskeleton structure and composition in choanoflagellates. J.Euk.Microbiol. 1998, 45, 3, 361-367.
  12. Karpov S. A., Kersanach R., Williams D.M. Ultrastructure and 18S rRNA gene sequence of a small heterotrophic flagellate Siluania monomastiga gen. et sp. nov. (Bicosoecida). Europ.J.Protistol., 1998, 34, 415-425.
  13. Karpov S.A. 2000. Ultrastructure of the aloricate bicosoecid Pseudobodo tremulans, with revision of the order Bicosoecida. Protistology, 1, 3, 100-108. (pdf, 150 kb)
  14. Karpov S.A., Sogin M.L. and Silberman J.D. 2001. Rootlet homology, taxonomy, and phylogeny of bicosoecids based on 18S rRNA gene sequences. Protistology, 2,1, 34-48. (pdf, 120 kb)
  15. Frolov A.O., Karpov S.A. and Mylnikov A.P. 2001. The ultrastructure of Procryptobia sorokini (Zhukov) comb. nov. and rootlet homology in kinetoplastids. Protistology, 2, 2, 85-95.
  16. KarpovS.A., EkelundF. and Moestrup O. 2003. Katabia gromovi nov. gen. nov sp. – a new soil flagellate with affinities to Heteromita (Cercomonadida). Protistology, 3, 1, 30-41. (pdf, 14,5 Mb)
  17. Karpov S.A., Novozhilov Yu.K. and Chistiakova L.E. 2003. The comparative study of zoospore cytoskeleton in Symphytocarpus impexus, Arcyria cinerea and Lycogala epidendrum (Eumycetozoa). Protistology, 3, 1, 15-29. (pdf, 15 Mb)
  18. Myl’nikov A.P. and Karpov S.A. 2004. Review of the diversity and taxonomy of cercomonads. Protistology, 3, 4, 201-217.
  19. Adl S.M., Simpson A.G.B., Farmer M.A., Andersen R.A., Anderson R.A., Barta J., Bowser S., Brugerolle G., Fensome R., Fredericq S., JamesT.Y., Karpov S.A., Kugrens P., Krug J., Lane C., Lewis L.A., Lodge J., Lynn D.H., Mann D., McCourt R.M., Mendoza L., Moestrup O., Mozley-Standridge S.E., Nerad T.A., Shearer C., Smirnov A.V., Spiegel F. and Taylor F.J.R. 2005. The New Higher Level Classification of Eukaryotes with Emphasis on the Taxonomy of Protists. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol., 52(5), 399–432. (pdf, 330 kb)
  20. Karpov, S. A., Bass, D., Mylnikov, A. P. & Cavalier-Smith, T. 2006. Molecular phylogeny of Cercomonadidae and kinetid patterns of Cercomonas and Eocercomonas gen. nov. (Cercomonadida, Cercozoa). Protist 157, 125-158. (pdf, 2.6 Mb)
  21. Adl S.M., Leander B.S., Simpson A.G.B., Andersen R.A., Archibald J.M., Anderson O. R., Bass D., Bowser S.S., Brugerolle G., Farmer M.A., Fensome R.A., James T.Y., Karpov S., Kolisko M., Lane C., Lewis L.A., Lodge J., Mann D.G., McCourt R.M., Meisterfeld R., Mendoza L., Merinfeld G., Moestrup O., Mozley-Standridge S.E., Smirnov A.V., Spiegel F. Diversity and Classification of Protists. Systematic Biology. 2007. 56, 4, 684-689.
  22. Karpov S.A. 2007. The flagellar apparatus structure of Apusomonas proboscidea and apusomonad relationships. Protistology, 5, 2/3, 146-155. (pdf, 360 kb)
  23. Karpov S.A., Letcher P.M., Mamkaeva M.A., Mamkaeva K.A. 2010. Phylogenetic position of the genus Mesochytrium (Chytridiomycota) based on zoospore ultrastructure and 18S and 28S rRNA gene sequences. Nowa Hedwigia, 90, 1-2, 81-94.

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