From left to right. Upper: Matija Harcet, Alicia Arroyo, David López, Xavi Florenza, Eduard Ocaña, Alberto Pérez, Takaaki Kai, Xavier Grau, Sebas Najle.
Lower: Gemma Blasco, Maria Rubio, Núria Ros, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, Meritxell Antó, Helena Parra, Maria Ferrer, Cristina Aresté

Iñaki Ruiz Trillo
Principal Investigator

ICREA research professor at Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSICUPF) & associate professor Dept. Genètica (Universitat de Barcelona). Faculty Member of F1000Prime and member of the editorial board of EvoDevoBiology Letters and Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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Xavier Grau-BovéXavier Grau-Bové 
PhD student, FPI fellowship

I joined the MCG lab in 2012. I am performing comparative analyses of several new ichthyosporean genomes.

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Helena ParraHelena Parra-Acero
PhD student; ERC contract

I did my undergraduate at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain. I joined the MCG lab in July 2012.
I am currently working in trying to understand the role of integrins in the unicellular relatives of Metazoa.

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David López EscardóDavid López-Escardó
PhD student; ERC contract

I did my undergraduate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I joined the MCG lab in October 2012.
I am currently analyzing single-cell amplified genomes from choanoflagellates.

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Meritxell AntoMeritxell Antó
Lab manager

I joined the lab in January 2013. Besides the management of the lab, I collaborate in several projects of the different lines of research.

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Núria RosNúria Ros
PhD student, FPU fellowship

I did my undergraduate at the Universitat de Vic. I joined the MCG lab in June 2014.
I’m trying to understand the role of some transcription factors in Capsaspora owczarzaki, as well as developing a transfection protocol for this organism.

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Sebastián NajleSebastián R. Najle
Postdoctoral fellow; ERC contract

I joined the MCG lab in November 2014.
I’m working on functional analyses of several proteins in Capsaspora and Creolimax and developing single-cell RNA-seq protocols for these and other organisms.

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Alicia Sánchez ArroyoAlicia S. Arroyo
PhD student; MINECO contract

I joined the MCG lab in July 2015. I did my undergraduate at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. My aim is to unravel the whole diversity of unicellular opisthokonts and animals by using metabarcoding data from Tara Oceans, and Biomarks, as well as by sequencing fresh-water environments.

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Educard Ocaña PallarèsEduard Ocaña Pallarès
PhD student; FPI fellowship

I joined MCG lab in September 2015. I did my undergraduate and master studies at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). I am using comparative genomics to understand the origins of multicellularity in fungi and animals.

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Alberto Pérez PosadaAlberto Pérez Posada
PhD student; La Caixa fellowship

I joined the lab in October 2015. I am developing genetic tools for Capsaspora for further studies in cell signalling in unicellular holozoans.

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Maria Rubio BrotonsMaria Rubio Brotons
Research Technician (shared with the lab of Elena Casacuberta); Moore Foundation contract

I joined the lab in November 2015 and I am trying to develop genetic tools for transformation of different marine holozoans.

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Maria Ferrer BonetMaria Ferrer Bonet
Research Assistant – ERC contract

Joined the MCG lab in March 2016. I handle the resources generated from the projects, provide technical help in different projects and advice on the outreach output.

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kozyczkowska_AleksandraAleksandra Kozyczkowska
Research technician – ERC contract

I joined the MCG lab in April 2016. I am working in the development of genetic tools in Capsaspora and Creolimax.

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Andrej OndrackaAndrej Ondracka
Posdoctoral Researcher – ERC contract

Joined the MCG lab in June 2016. I’m working on genome regulation in ichthyosporeans.

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cv-photo-k-mitsi_origKonstantina Mitsi

Predoctoral Researcher – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant

I joined the MCG lab in September 2016. I will work in single-cell genomics and transcriptomics of opisthokonts.
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Michelle Legerleger
Posdoctoral Researcher – ERC contract

I joined the MCG lab in November 2016. I’m exploring the distribution and function of apoptosis-related elements in unicellular opisthokonts, to shed light on the origins of the apoptotic machinery of animals.

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Former members

Matija Harcet (2013-16). Postdoctoral Researcher.
Cristina Aresté Calero (2015-16). Postdoctoral Researcher.

Xavi Florenza (2015-2016). Master’s student. Awarded PhD ITN Marie Curie grant in Uppsala (Sweden).
Marta Ledesma (summer 2016). Undergraduate student.
Maria Buendía (summer 2016). Undergraduate student.
Gema Blasco (Jan2015-Mar2016). Lab technician. Currently in the Genetics Department of the Universitat de Barcelona.
Xènia Pérez Sitjà (Summer 2015). Undergraduate student.
Lourdes Riquelme (2014), màster student, Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona.

Ferran Porté (summer 2013), Joves i Ciència from CatalunyaCaixa. Project: Developing genetic tools in ichthyosporeans.
Núria Ros (summer 2012). Undergraduate student. Universitat de Vic. Project: Developing genetic tools in Capsaspora.
Alan Ordoño (summer 2012). Joves i Ciència from CatalunyaCaixa. Project: Developing genetic tools in Capsaspora.
Maria José Mazón (2012). Research associate.
Alexandre Prats (July 2012). Undergraduate student. 

Diego Mallo (April-July 2012). Visiting researcher from David Posada’s lab.
Javier del Campo (2011-2013), postdoctoral researcher. Currently at University of British Columbia with a Marie Curie postdoctoral grant.

Gemma Prunés (summer 2011), program Joves i Ciència from CatalunyaCaixa.
John Shadwick (2010-2011), graduate researcher. Currently an assistant professor at University of Arkansas.
Lora Lindley (2010-2011), postdoc. Currently at University of Arkansas.
Núria Sánchez-Pons (2009-2013). Postdoc. Development of transgenesis tools in Capsaspora.

Jordi Paps (2009-2010), postdoc. Currently group leader at University of Essex (UK).
Lluis Medina-Chacón (2009-2010), master student.
Hiroshi Suga (2008-2014). Currently group leader at Prefectural University of Hiroshima (Japan).

Romain Derelle (2008-2009), postdoc. Currently at CRG.
Alex Pérez (2008-2009), lab manager. Currently 454 representative at Roche-Spain.
Alex de Mendoza (2008-2014), PhD and postdoc. Awarded an EMBO postdoctoral grant.
Guifré Torruella (2008-2014), PhD. Awarded a Marie Curie  postdoctoral grant.

Arnau Sebé-Pedrós (2008-2015), PhD and postdoc. Awarded an EMBO postdoctoral grant.

A list of s
ome of our friends and current collaborators

Nick Brown, University of Cambridge, UK.

Takaaki Kai, Prefecural University of Hiroshima, Japan.

Nicole King, UC Berkeley, USA.

Andrew J. Roger, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

Cathrine Sumathi, National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India.

Franz Lang, Université de Montreal, Canada.

Gertraud Burger, Université de Montreal, Canada.

Stuart Donachie, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi, University of Oslo, Norway.

Duojia Pan, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA.

José Luis Gómez-Skarmeta, CABD, Sevilla, Spain.

Maja Adamska, Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Bergen, Norway.

Todd Miller, Stony Brook University, USA.

Phil Donoghue, University of Bristol, UK.

David Posada, Universidad de Vigo, Spain.

Richard Paley, Cefas, UK.

Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla, Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal, Castellón, Spain.

Crisanto Gutierrez, Centro de Biología Molecular “Severo Ochoa”, Spain.

Jordi Paps, University of Essex, UK.

Kevin J. Perterson, Darmouth College, USA.

Colomban de Vargas, Station Biologique de Roscoff, France.

Tom Richards, University of Exeter, UK.

Fernando Rodríguez Pascual, Centro de Biología Molecular “Severo Ochoa”, Spain.

Purificación López-García & David Moreira, France.