11 May 2020 Glad to share a game designed by the lab, mostly by Alicia S. Arroyo. See if you can guess the phylogenetic relationships of vertebrates & eukaryotes.
5 May 2020 Iñaki keynote speaker at the first Electronic Symposium on Protistology.
30 April 2020 Almost after 6 years Sebas Najle is leaving the lab. It has been a pleasure to have you here! Good luck in the new adventure.
6 April 2020 New publication! Genetic tool development in marine protists: emerging model organisms for experimental cell biology. Glad to have this published and happy to have contributed with Elena Casacuberta.
26 March 2020 Iñaki initiates the “ISEP Protist Genomics, Diversity, and Evolution” online seminar series.
17 March 2020 New publication! Cell cycle transcriptomics of Capsaspora provides insights into the evolution of cyclin CDK-machinery. Alberto Pérez-Posada, Omaya Dudin,
6 March 2020 We all welcome Héctor Romero from Universidad de la República, Uruguay, who just joined the lab for a sabbatical stage.
28 February 2020 Very happy to have Pedro Charria join the lab as a master student! He will be supervised by Vika and will work with p53 and Capsaspora.
30 January 2020 Congratulations Mami for your latest publication! Fine Structure Observation of Feeding Behavior, Nephroselmis spp.-derived Chloroplast Enlargement, and Mitotic Processes in the Katablepharid Hatena arenicola. Mami Nomura, Ryoma Kamikawa, Ken-ichiro Ishida.
28 January 2020 New publication! Origin recognition complex (ORC) evolution is influenced by global gene duplication/loss patterns in eukaryotic genomes.
23 January 2020 Great defense of Edu’s PhD thesis. 10th PhD thesis of the lab!
16 December 2019 Very happy to have Victoria Shabardina joining the lab as a postdoctoral researcher.
16 December 2019 Alberto defended his PhD. Great work on transfection, synchronization, and in unraveling the cell cycle of Capsaspora.
23 November 2019 Sampling mission in Astroland Agency.
12 November 2019 New publication! The origin and evolution of cell-intrinsic antibacterial defenses in eukaryotes. Daniel J Richter, Tera C Levin.
4 November 2019 Patricia Suárez is joining the lab as a PhD student. Welcome Patricia!
24 October 2019 New publication! A unicellular relative of animals generates a layer of polarized cells by actomyosin-dependent cellularization. Omaya Dudin, Andrej Ondracka, Xavier Grau-Bové, Arthur AB Haraldsen, Atsushi Toyoda, Hiroshi Suga, Jon Bråte, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo.
22 October 2019 Lukasz Sobala comes to lab to learn about culturing Capsaspora owczarzaki.
21 October 2019 Anna Karnkowksa visited the lab and explained her work on organelle evolution.
11 October 2019 Find new Sphaeroforma arctica genome at NCBI.7 October 2019 We all welcome Marina! She is joining the lab as undergaduate student and will be trained by Sebas and Núria.
7 October 2019 New publication on single-cell genomics. Reconstruction of protein domain evolution using single-cell amplified genomes of uncultured choanoflagellates sheds light on the origin of animals. David López-Escardó, Xavier Grau-Bové, Amy Guillaumet-Adkins, Marta Gut, Michael E. Sieracki, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo.
5 September 2019 Listen to Iñaki’s interview at La RZ radio talking about Origins of Multicellularity. Audio
22 July 2019 Secondary-school students Aina, Marta and Jordi spent two weeks in the lab, being guided by Elena Casacuberta as part of Joves i Ciència program. Truly impressed by their knowledge, interest, and intelligence! Well done Marta, Aina, and Jordi!⠀
9 July 2019 Insightful seminar “Origins and evolution of sex: biology and ecology of sexual reproduction in the ancient lineage of sponges” given by Ana Riesgo from the Natural History Museum of London.
3 July 2019 Alicia defended her PhD. Congratulations!
28 June 2019 Konstantina, Edu, and Alberto presented their work at the catalan Evolutionary Biology symposium, with Edu holding the prize for the best oral presentation on his work on reticulate evolution & nitrate assimilation pathway. Congrats Edu!
3 June 2019 Luis Javier Galindo from DEEM lab is visiting us for a month to work on genomics of unicellular Holomycota as part of a secondement of SINGEK ITN network. Welcome Luis!
24 May 2019 7th Choanoflagellates & Friends Meeting starting today!
20 May 2019 Thibaut Brunet from UC Berkeley is visiting us for a couple of weeks to analyze cell differentation on choanoflagellate colonies. Welcome Thibaut!
17 May 2019 Iñaki presented our work as invited speaker at the Evolution of Cell Types workshop at EMBL, Heidelberg.
15 April 2019 We welcome Mami Nomura. She is joining the lab as a postdoctoral researcher.
1 April 2019 Very happy to have Jesús Lozano joining the lab as a postdoctoral researcher with a Beatriu de Pinós fellowship.
15 February 2019 Núria defended her PhD! Great work on Capsaspora, to understand animal origins.
8 February 2019 Congratulations to Helena Parra for a great PhD defense!!
17 January 2019 We welcome Marta Álvarez. So glad to be working again after 17 years.
15 January 2019 Ander Urrutia from David Bass’s lab arrived today to the lab. He will spend three months working with Konstantina.
10 January 2019 Aleix Antón and Dani Caravaca start today their master project with us and Elena Casacuberta.
27 December 2018 Our work on the evolution of ADAT, TadA, and I34 and the eukaryotic expansion of I34-tRNAs; a work lead by Lluís Ribas de Pouplana lab.– Molecular Biology and Evolution, msy245, https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msy245
19 November 2018 We provide a revised version of Capsaspora genome assembly & annotation (version 4). Thanks to Hiroshi Suga’s lab, we went from 84 supercontigs to 55 & detected 13 potential chromosomes.
30 November 2018 Today David López Escardó is leaving us. He joined the lab 5 years ago, did a master and Ph.D. and became our internal expert in metabarcoding and singlecell genomics. Great scientist and person. We will all miss you, David!
22 November 2018 Annika Guse visited our lab.
28 November 2018 Victoria Shabardina from University of Muenster came to visit the lab today. We had great discussions about science, evolution and protists.
13 November 2018 Ph.D. student Alberto presenting our work on the cell cycle of Capsaspora on the EMBL conference Functional Genomics to Systems Biology.
13 November 2018 Happy to host Mami Nomura from Ryoma Kamikawa’s lab (Kyoto University) for a week! She brought some amazing Paulinella!
November 2018 Michelle Leger is on secondment of the Marie Curie Grant at Pawel Burkhardt Lab in Bergen, Norway.
October 2018 The lab launches an instagram account. You can follow us here.
October 2018 New paper from the lab published. A collaboration with many other labs., in which we describe the presence of animal-like microRNAs in the ichthyosporean Sphaeroforma arctica. Unicellular Origin of the Animal MicroRNA Machiner. Jon Bråte, Ralf S. Neumann, Bastian Fromm, Arthur A.B. Haraldsen, James E. Tarver, Hiroshi Suga, Philip C.J. Donoghue, Kevin J. Peterson, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, Paul E. Grini & Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi. Current Biology 28, 3288–3295.
October 2018 Our friend, and ex-MCG member, Guifré Torruella visits us and explain us his work on apusomonads.September 2018 New paper from the lab published. Origin of exon skipping-rich transcriptomes in animals driven by evolution of gene architecture. Xavier Grau-Bové, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo and Manuel Irimia. Genome Biology 2018 19:135. See the explanation by Xavi!
September 2018 Congrats to Xavier Grau-Bové for obtaining University of Barcelona PhD extraordinary prize, as one of the best PhDs presented in 2016-2017 academic year.
7 September 2018 Alfonso Mendaña successfully defends his master. Congratulations!!
22 August 2018 Omaya is at the meeting about Cell and Developmental systems in Arolla, Switzerland.
23 July 2018 Maria Luisa Romero from the Weizmann Institute of Science visited our lab.
July 2018 Eduard is participating at the SMBE2018 Congress in Yokohama, Japan. He presents a poster: Is gene transfer a source of ecological adaptation in eukaryotes? The case of nitrate metabolism.
July 2018 New paper. David López-Escardó, Jordi Paps, Colomban de Vargas, Ramon Massana, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo & Javier del Campo (2018). Metabarcoding analysis on European coastal samples reveals new molecular metazoan diversity. Scientific Reports volume 8, Article number: 9106 (2018).
9 July 2018 Welcome to Cecília Corbella, our new lab technician.
July 2018 New paper from the lab published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution– Alicia S. Arroyo, David López-Escardó, Eunsoo Kim, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, and Sebastián R. Najle (2018) Novel Diversity of Deeply Branching Holomycota and Unicellular Holozoans revealed by Metabarcoding in Middle Paraná River, Argentina.
June- July 2018. Konstantina makes a research stage at the lab of Puri García and David Moreira in Paris.
25 June 2018. Alicia presents at the Jornada de Biologia Evolutiva in Barcelona.
12 June 2018. Iñaki presents work at the CIFAR conference in Canada
7 June 2018. Our paper on nuclear division cycle in the coenocyte of the ichthyosporean Sphaeroforma arctica now published in Current Biology. Congratulations Andrej, Omaya and Iñaki!
7 June 2018. We welcome Samira Khanipour Roshan, from Kenneth Dumack’s lab in Cologne. She has a gorgeous new protist culture and will learn transcriptomics with Meri, Sebas, Edu and David. Welcome Sami!
6 June 2018. Alicia wins “Explain your research in 4 min.“, in which she competed against the winners of 12 Catalan universities. Once more, congratulations!
21 May 2018. We welcome JP Gerdt from Harvard, who’ll collaborate with the functional genomics team for this week. Welcome!
16 May 2018. Konstantina working with Ander Urrutia at CEFAS in UK, trying to get a mysterious opisthokont protist living inside an amphipod. If we get it, we will try to obtain its genome by single-cell genomics. SINGEK
11 May 2018. New opportunities to exciting functional analyses have raised with the publication of our transfection protocol for Capsaspora owczarzaki. Congratulations Helena, Núria, Alberto, Aleksandra, Sebas and Iñaki!
25 April 2018. Alicia and Konstantina win 1st and 2nd prize, as well as the audience’s prize, in the UPF’s Rin4 Competition. Congratulations!
10 April 2018. Iñaki and Aleksandra offer talks on the development of protists as new model organisms, in the Annual Conference of the Microbiology Society, this year held in Birmingham.
15 March 2018. We welcome the highschool students of Carmelites (Tarragona), who were visiting the lab for a morning.
14 March 2018. Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo gives a talk on the transition to multicellularity at the PRBB.
5 March 2018. We welcome Arthur Alexander Blørstad Haraldsen, from University of Oslo, who is coming to do a research stage with us. Welcome Arthur!
1-2 March 2018. We do the Institute retreat. Alicia and Michelle get prizes for best oral presentations. Congrats Alicia and Michelle!
8 February 2018. New paper comparing Nme proteins, a well-known metastastis repressor in animals, to an homolog present in unicellular relatives of animals: Ćetković et al (2018). Laboratory Investigation. doi:10.1038/labinvest.2017.134
01 February 2018. We have increased our workforce, once again, to unravel the origin of animal multicellularity with a new postdoctoral researcher, Daniel Richter, a Beatriu de Pinós postdoctoral fellow. Welcome Dan!
15 January 2018. David López successfully defends his PhD thesis. Qualified Excellent Cum Laude. Congratulations David!
12 January 2018. Diede de Haan, from Harvard, visits the lab.
9-11 January 2018. Alicia S. Arroyo visits Eric Bapteste’s lab in Paris to discuss joint project to analyze opisthokont diversity.
18-20 October 2017. Iñaki attends the EMBO membership meeting in Heidelberg, Germany.
15-18 October 2017. Iñaki, David, Edu, Michelle and Xavi present their work in the EMBO comparative genomics conference in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.
7 October 2017. Maria and Konstantina participate as volunteers in the PRBB open day.
October 2017. Alberto and Andrej spend two weeks in the lab of our friend Hiroshi Suga.
September 2017. Núria, Aleksandra and Sebas spend two weeks in the lab of our friend Hiroshi Suga.
September 2017. Our explanation on what Capsaspora is and its biological importance now published in Current Biology.
8 September 2017. We welcome John McCutcheon from U. Montana who will be with us this academic year as a sabbatical.
8 September 2017. Our analyses on environmental single-cell genomes of the choanoflagellate Monosiga brevicollis published in Scientific Reports.
1-4 August 2017. Iñaki, Sebas, Michelle, Xavi, David, Helena, Núria, Aleksandra and Alberto attend and present work in the XV ICOP 2017 protist meeting.
27 July 2017. Our description of the new genus Parvularia published online in J. Euk. Microbiol.
21 July 2017. Our manuscript on genomic innovation in the ancestry of animals published in eLife.
12-19 July 2017. Núria, Alicia and Alberto teaching molecular tools to understand marine diversity to young students from the Barcelona International Young Science Challenge (BIYSC).
7 July 2017. Xavier defends his PhD at University of Barcelona. Congrats Xavi!
26 June 2017. Núria awarded with the Prevosti Prize to best oral talk at Jornada Biologia Evolutiva today at Barcelona; congrats Núria!
1 June 2017. Iñaki appointed vice-director of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology.
15 May 2017. Konstantina attends singek ITN workshop in Uppsala.
15 May 2017. Jon Brate, from University of Oslo, is visiting us.
10 May 2017. Our review on animal origins published online today in Nature Review Genetics.
2 May 2017. Edu leaves for a research stage at Eric Bapteste’s lab.
28 April 2017. Alex de Mendoza is visiting us.
24-27 April 2017. Konstantina attends EMBO course Tree building: advanced concepts and practice of phylogenetic trees, in Faro.
20 April 2017. Rosa Fernández (CRG) visits us for a day.
18 April 2017. We welcome Thibaut Brunet, from Nicole King’s lab, who is visiting for a month.
2-4 April 2017. Maureen O’Malley and Jeremy Widemann visit us.
1 April 2017. We welcome Omaya Dudin, postdoctoral researcher, to our team.
27 March 2017. Iñaki visits Eric Bapteste‘s lab.
24 March 2017. Konstantina attends the 2017 MCAA conference in Salamanca as part of the SINGEK ITN.
3 March 2017. Konstantina in the ITN ScienceSlam Barcelona final; talking about single cell genomics, diversity and protists.
21-25 February 2017. Alicia and Konstantina attend course on metabarcoding.
22 February 2017. Núria Ros interviewed for BISCY by youthscience.
27 January 2017. Simonetta Gribaldo visits us.
18 January 2017. Iñaki presents at the PRBB.
January 2017. Konstantina attends the course on genomics in Cesky Krumlov.
20 December 2016. Iñaki presents at the ICREA Colloquium on managing ERC grants.
16 December 2016. Iñaki gives a talk in the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona.
12 December 2016. Konstantina gives a talk for the course “Animal Biomonitoring” of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
2 December 2016. Alicia presents our outreach project of the tree of life in the International conference of Cinema and Scientific Images.
27-30 November 2016. Konstantina and Alicia attend the 2nd Eukref workshop to annotate 18S of microbial animals.
17 November 2016. Helena Parra on a research stage with our friends at Nick Brown’s lab.
14 November 2016. We welcome Michelle Leger, who joins the lab as a postdoctoral researcher.
26 October- 3 November 2016. Andrej Ondracka attends CSH course on Computational and Comparative genomics.
20-21 October 2016. Arnau Sebé-Pedrós is visiting us.
17-18 October 2016. We held our annual lab retreat, this time in Can Valldaura.
15 October 2016. Our paper in proteomics Capsaspora and the origins of animal phosphosignaling and cell differentiation published in Developmental Cell.
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 to Linas 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.
12 September 2016. Alberto Pérez presents his work in 2016 European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology.
6 September 2016. Alberto Pérez and Xavier Florenza successfully defended their master thesis at the Universitat de Barcelona.
29 August 2016. Our review on T-box evolution now published in Current Topics in Developmental Biology.
29 July 2016. Iñaki presents at the europe evo-devo conference in Uppsala.
21 July 2016. Núria, David and Xavi trainers for the young scientists #BIYSC with the project “Uncovering the hidden diversity of the oceans“.
20 July 2016. Helena Parra is on a research stage at Nick Brown’s lab.
7 July 2016. Sterol metabolism in Capsaspora with animal and fungi-like features published today in Open Biology.
4 July 2016. We welcome María Buendía and Marta Ledesma, two students of Microbiology that will spend the summer with us.
27 June 2016. Helena presents at the Jornada de Biologia Evolutiva in Barcelona.
16 June 2016. Our Cell paper featured today in a news and views article in Nature wrote by Nicole King and David Booth.
7 June 2016. Congrats to Alberto who gets a scholarship from La Caixa to do the PhD in our lab
7 June 2016. Helena, David, Matija, Sebas & Xavi all presenting in the Protist 2016 meeting.
1 June 2016. Yet again, we increase our workforce to unravel the origins of animals. We welcome Andrej Ondracka, who joins the lab as postdoctoral researcher.
20 May 2016. Our view on the role of simplification in evolution published today online in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
19 May 2016. Our work featured in El País.
9 May 2016. Alicia attends the EMBO course on Computational molecular evolution.
6 May 2016. Canal Extremadura Radio features our work.
3 May 2016. Sebas Najle leaves for a research stage at Linas Mazutis’s lab at the Institut of Biotechnology at Vilnius University, Lithuania.
23-24 April 2016. David, Alicia and Meritxell sampling at Lago de Sanabria. We want to perform a metarbacoding analysis to understand the diversity of protists.
22 April 2016. The ERC features our work.
21 April 2016. New results published in Cell on the origins of animals.
13 April 2016. Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo is offering a public talk about the transition to multicellular organisms.
1 April 2016. The lab keeps growing, we welcome Aleksandra Kozyczkwska, who joins us as lab technician.
30 March 2016. Nick Brown comes back to the lab, a year later, for a 2-week visit. Welcome back!
2 March 2016. Our collaboration with Gemma Marfany published in 2.
2 March 2016. Takaaki Kai, from Suga’s lab at Hiroshima University, comes for a 1 month visit.
1 March 2016. We welcome Maria Ferrer, who joins the lab.
23 February 2016. Our collaboration with David Gold and Roger Summons published in PNAS.
19 February 2016. Pascal Lapebie visits the lab.
18 February 2016. Checking with digalix team the xTable with a game that reproduces some of the work we do in the lab. The xTable will be featured at CosmoCaixa.
15 February 2016. John McCutcheon, from University of Montana, visits the lab.
8-9 February 2016. Dan Ritcher, from Roscoff, visits the lab.
8 February 2016. Matija gives a seminar at the master of genetics and genomics of the University of Barcelona.
4-5 February 2016. Iñaki attends the kick-off meeting of the ITN network “Singek” based on single-cell genomics to unravel the hidden diversity of microeukaryotes.
1 February 2016. Michelle Leger, from Dalhousie University, visits the lab.
26-29 January 2016. Alicia, Sebas, Maria, Iñaki and Cristina attend and present 3 posters at the EMBL conference “A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes” in Heidelberg.
22 January 2016. Núria Ros got a Boehringer travel grant to visit Mansi Srivastava‘s lab. Congrats Núria!
22 January 2016. Aleksandra Kozyckowska visits the lab.
4 January 2016. Omaya Dudin, from Lausanne, is visiting the lab.
17 December 2015. Arnau Sebé-Pedrós gets “accessit” to XIX Claustre de Doctors Awards to best University of Barcelona PhD thesis 2012-2013.
27 November 2015. Iñaki presents at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, Madrid.
16 November 2015. We welcome Maria Rubio and Cristina Aresté, joining our lab and Elena Casacuberta‘s lab for the Moore Foundation project on model organisms.
11 November 2015. Iñaki gives a talk at the Developmental Biology Seminar Series, University of Cambridge.
23 October 2015. Iñaki presents at the XII Jornada d’Avenços en Ecologia in Blanes.
18 October 2015. Talks by Iñaki, Xavi and Arnau on the EMBO meeting of eukaryotic genomes.
15 October 2015. Talks by Iñaki, Xavi, Núria, Sebas and Arnau on the spongex meeting. Posters by Matija and Helena.
5 October 2015. Our manuscript on RNA-seq of Creolimax published in eLife.
12 October 2015. Our review on Acoelomorpha published in Organisms, Diversity and Evolution.
5 October 2015. Lab retreat.
3 October 2015. The lab participates in the PRBB Open Day
1-2 October 2015. All the lab attending the IBE retreat. And we welcome Alberto Pérez Posada, new master student.
17 September 2015. Alex de Mendoza received the PhD extraordinary prize of the University of Barcelona.
10 September 2015. Our phylogenomic analysis of the opisthokonts now published in Current Biology.
10 September 2015. We welcome Edu Ocaña, new PhD student.
9 September 2015. Iñaki attending the potential launch of UniEuk, a universisal eukaryotic taxonomy/database.
22 July 2015. We move the lab to the PRBB.
15 July 2015. We welcome Alicia Sánchez, who joins the lab as a PhD student
7 July 2015. Iñaki participates in the “From complex to simplex” symposium at the “International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)” meeting in Montréal, with Maureen O’Malley and @Jgwideman #evolution
6 July 2015. We welcome Xènia Pérez, from UAB, who will spend the summer with us.30 June 2015. We welcome Xavi Florenza, who joins de lab as a master student.
23 June 2015. David López-Escardó presents at the “Jornada de Biologia Evolutiva” at Barcelona.
17 June 2015. Iñaki presents at the “choanoworkshop 2015” at Roscoff.
15-18 June 2015. David attends the single-cell genomics workshop at Bigelow.
8 June 2015. Arnau Sebé-Pedrós leaves the lab after 6,5 years. Thanks and good luck Arnau!
2 June 2015. Origin and evolution of lysyl oxidases. Our new paper, a collaboration with Fernando Rodriguez-Pascual.
5 May 2015. Tom Richards, University of Exeter, is visiting us.
15 May 2015. Xavier Grau-Bové presents his PhD project at the Department of Genetics, UB.
5 May 2015. Jon Brate from University of Norway is visiting the lab today.
4 May 2015. Andrej Ondracka from Rockefeller University is visiting the lab.
27 April 2015. Participating in the exposition about model organism at the Residència d’Investigadors del CSIC.
27 April 2015. We are all glad that Nick Brown, from the Gurdon Institute, is starting a sabbatical stage with us.
April 2015. Book on the evolution of multicellularity now published!
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