Research labs

Transposable Elements and Host Genomes lab

This lab has always been interested in how transposable elements (TEs) interact with the eukaryotic genome, and how these interactions contribute to evolution. Lately, its research has become more focused on understanding how regulatory complexity has evolved. With this purpose in mind, the lab has been involved in developing genetic tools for Corallochytrium limacisporum and Abeoforma whisleri, two marine unicellular eukaryotes. Now it is focused on understanding the origin of regulatory elements and the contribution of TEs to genome regulation in unicellular eukaryotes.

Principal investigator: Elena Casacuberta

Members of the lab: Adrià Chorro, Master Student; Sílvia Chafino, PhD Student; Josefa Cruz, Postdoctoral Researcher; Aleksandra Kozyczkowska, PhD Student; Sebastián Najle, Postdoctoral Researcher.

Congresses organised: 1

Oral presentations and talks given: 2

Main publications and other research activities:

Casacuberta, E. Invited review: Drosophila: Retrotransposons Making up Telomeres. Viruses. 2017 Jul 19;9(7). pii: E192. doi: 10.3390/v9070192.

Organisation of Women in Evolution, a day for gender awareness at IBE

Funding (active projects in 2017 only):

Name of the project Origin of metamorphosis: Molecular and evolutionary dissection of the metamorphic toolkit
Principal investigator Elena Casacuberta and David Martín
Funding institution Ministerio Español de Economía y Competitividad


Name of the project Continuing increasing marine holozoans, the closest unicellular relatives of animals
Principal investigator Elena Casacuberta and Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo
Funding institution Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


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