I'm interested in molecular evolution, reproductive patterns, and molecular ecology of sponges (and also polychaetes). My research spans from transcriptomics to electron microscopy approaches to various biological and ecological questions including speciation, adaptation and genetic connectivity.
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Contact me at: A.Riesgo at nhm.ac.uk
I'm interested in the diversity and structure of Antartic invertebrates. My thesis is focused on the phylogeography of sponges, nemerteans, and polychaetes in the South Shetland Islands and Antartic Peninsula.
Contact me at: cleiva at ub.edu or C.Leiva at nhm.ac.uk
I'm doing my PhD on the reproductive ecology and genetic connectivity patterns of key species from North Atlantic sponge grounds. I will be developing transcriptomic and genomic resources to help assess molecular evolution of the reproduction in demosponges and hexactinellids. Also, I am interested in the variation of metabolite production during the ontogeny of demosponges. My PhD is funded by the EU H2020 project SponGES.
Contact me at: V.Koutsouveli at nhm.ac.uk
I am working on the SponGES project assessing the population genomics patterns of deep sea sponges. Also, I am studying the mysterious symbiotic relationship of a deep-sea carnivorous sponge an an annelid.
Contact me at: sergiotab at gmail.com
I am Marie Curie Fellow working on cold adaptations in Antarctic sponges using a genomic approach. For comparative purposes, we will use temperate and tropical species to evaluate changes at the sequence level and protein structure.
Contact me at: nathanjameskenny at gmail.com
I'm a Marie Curie Fellow working on ecological patterns of co-evolution of microbiomes and their hosts in the deep-sea. I'm leading a project using deep-sea sponges of the Cantabric Sea to understand the correlation of the host genotype and microbiome structure and the conservation of functional diversity.
Contact me at: cristinadiezvives at gmail.com
I'm a postdoctoral researcher/visiting scientist from Croatia working on mitogenomics of sponges and regulatory networks. I am also co-leading a project on the population genetics of Antarctic platyhelminthes.
Contact me at: B.Plese at nhm.ac.uk
I'm a Marie Curie Fellow working on the evolution of venoms in nemerteans using molecular and morphological approaches. My project will investigate the spatial location of venoms and the molecular mechanisms used to produce toxins by a wide array of species.
2013-2014 Laura Sánchez-Vila (Master's student, UB)
2013-2014 Elena Cerro Gálvez (Master's student, UB)
2013-2014 Olga Espada Abad (Master's student, UB)
2013-2015 Carlota Coll Gutiérrez (undergrad student, UB)
2013-2014 Joan Solà Fernández (undergrad student, UB)
2013-2015 Paolo Melis (Postdoc, UB)
2014-2015 Joan Solà Fernández (Master's student, UB)
2014-2015 Andrea Bertran (undergrad student)
2012-2016 Patricia Álvarez-Campos (PhD student): now Postdoc at Oxford Brookes University
2017 Jennifer Pearce (Master's student, Imperial College)
2018 Alex Mitchell (Master's student, UCL)
2018 Ana da Silva (Master's student, UCL)