This group represents the Department of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Our research interests include diversity and molecular evolution of chosen groups of protists (eukaryotic microorganisms). Protists occur in diverse habitats worldwide and represent a major part of eukaryotes’ diversity. The main subject of our studies are photosynthesizing euglenids – unicellular algae common in small freshwater ponds, especially in polluted waters (wastewaters from sugar refineries, dairies or containing heavy metals). Some species of euglenids may form toxic blooms, dangerous for fish.