We are a research group, part of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), who wants to unravel how animal multicellularity emerged from our common unicellular ancestor.
To conduct our research, we use genomics (comparative, functional), cell biology, proteomics and phylogenetics.
In order to understand this transition, we study our phylogenetic-siblings, the unicellular holozoans, which hold the key to discerning what we have inherited from our ancestor and what is unique in us.
Given there is no appropriate model organism for studying this transition, we are developing tools to convert these organisms into experimentally tractable model systems.
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Centre Mediterrani D'Investigacions Marines i Ambientals (CMIMA)
Pg. Marítim de la Barceloneta 39-47 08003 Barcelona
8 September 2020 Happy to share that Héctor Romero from Universidad de la República, Uruguay will be among us very soon to continue his sabbatical stage.
2 September 2020 Iñaki presented our work giving an online seminar at The Francis Crick Institute entitled “The power of unicellular relatives of animals: a new perspective into the origin of Metazoa”.
27 August 2020 New publication! “Integrin-Mediated Adhesion in the Unicellular Holozoan Capsaspora owczarzaki” Helena Parra-Acero, Matija Harcet, Núria Sánchez-Pons, Elena Casacuberta, Nicholas H. Brown, Omaya Dudin, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo.
9 June 2020 New publication! “Antifungal and antiprotozoal green amino acid-based rhamnolipids: Mode of action, antibiofilm efficiency and selective activity against resistant Candida spp. strains and Acanthamoeba castellanii“. Glad to have contributed to this study lead by Lourdes Pérez from IQAC-CSIC.