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About our research:
We want to unravel how animal multicellularity emerged from our common unicellular ancestor. In order to understand this transition, we study our unicellular phylogenetic-siblings, the holozoans, which hold the key to discerning what we have inherited from our ancestor and what is unique in us. To conduct our research, we use genomics (comparative, functional), cell biology, proteomics and phylogenetics. Given there is no appropriate model organism for studying this transition, we are developing tools to convert these organisms into experimentally tractable model systems.
17-18 October 2016. We held our annual lab retreat, this time in Can Valldaura.
11 October 2016. Matija Harcet presents our work in the Capsaspora Nme gene (a metastasis suppressor) during the NDPK2016 conference in Croatia.
1 October 2016. We launch our new, redesigned, webpage with more information and new features.
28 September 2016. Our diversity survey of Acoelomorpha, including finding of new clades of acoels,now published in Biology Letters.
16 September 2016. In our effort to continue unfolding the diversity of the opisthokont protists, we welcome Konstantina Mitsi a new PhD student within the SINGEK training network in single-cell genomics.
15 September 2016. Congrats to Sebas who got an EMBO short term fellowship to travel toLinas Mazutis’s lab at the Institut of Biotechnology at Vilnius University, Lithuania.
13 September 2016.Anna Trigos from PeterMac lab is visiting us to interact in the question of multicellularity and cancer.