Functional Genomics and Evolution
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Functional
Genomics
and Evolution

Evolution of the
Eukaryote Genome
lab

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Elena Casacuberta CSIC Tenured Scientist

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Elena Casacuberta - CSIC Tenured Scientist
Evolution of the Eukaryote Genome lab Team
Evolution of the Eukaryote Genome lab

MEMBERS OF THE GROUP (Active in 2018)

Postdoctoral Researcher Sebastian Najle

Predoctoral Researcher Sílvia Chafino Aixa

Research Technicians Aleksandra Kozyczkowska, Adrià Chorro, Josefa Cruz


HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018

During 2018 there were two teams in my lab. 1) Developing genetic tools for unicellular organisms. We have advanced towards a better understanding of the genome of the unicellular eukaryotes C. limacisporum, A. whisleri and C. fragantissima while developing genetic tools such as transient and stable transfection. 2) We have published a manuscript on the role of the E93 gene, “the adult specifier” in the female neoteny of the insect X. vesparum. Silvia Chafino, a PhD student from this team, defended her PhD at the University Pompeu Fabra obtaining a qualification of Excellent Cum Laude.

2018 SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Differential expression of the adult specifier E93 in the strepsipteran Xenos vesparum Rossi suggests a role in female neoteny. Chafino S., López- Escardó, D., Benelli, G., Kovac, H., Casacuberta, E., Franch-Marro, X., Kathirithamby, J. and Martín, D. 2018 Scientific Reports 8(1):14176.

2018 FUNDED PROJECTS

Continue developing genetic tools for Marine Holozoans
Project – MMI 2017. Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation. Co-PI: Elena Casacuberta, Iñaki Ruíz-Trillo 300.000$. October 2017-September 2019.

Genòmica Funcional i Evolució. 2017 SGR 1030. Co-IP: Elena Casacuberta Suñer. 60.216 €. January 2017-December 2019.

Origen of metamorphosis: Molecular and evolutionary dissection of the metamorphic toolkit. CGL2014-55786. Plan Nacional I+D+I. Ministerio Español de Economia y Competitividad. Co-PI: Elena Casacuberta & David Martín. 180.000 €. January 2014-June 2018.

FIGURE CAPTION

Abeoforma whisleri transfected with AwH2bVenus
Credit: Sebastian Najle