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Dr Jesus Lozano Fernandez

Dr Jesus Lozano Fernandez

Dr Jesus Lozano Fernandez

Research Collaborator

Area of research

Molecular palaeobiology of artrhopods

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I completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2008), followed by an M.Sc. in Biodiversity at the University of Barcelona (2009). During my master’s degree, I worked in the Arthropod Systematics and Evolution lab under the supervision of Miquel A. Arnedo, studying the molecular systematics and phylogeographic patterns of an Iberian group of springtails. Subsequently I started a Ph.D. in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of Barcelona (2014), supervised by Professor Xavier Belles. During my PhD I tried to address questions related to the origin and evolution of insect metamorphosis. In 2015, I obtained a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie fellowship in the University of Bristol. My postdoc with Davide Pisani is focused on the origins and early evolution of arthropods.

Activities / Findings

Arthropod terrestrialisation using total evidence dating and comparative chelicerate genomics 

Animals have marine origins and only four lineages have adapted to life on land. These groups are the vertebrates (e.g. reptiles, mammals), molluscs (e.g. land snails, slugs), the onychophora (velvet worms) and the arthropods (e.g. insects, spiders). The water-to-land transition is referred as terrestrialisation, and is an extreme case of adaptation to a new environment.

My research is focused on the arthropod lineage, and I am interested in knowing 'how' and 'when' these organisms have colonised the land. I am particularly interested in the comparative genomics of one of the groups that conform it, the chelicerates (e.g. spiders, scorpions, mites). Chelicerates contains marine and land representatives as well as abundant terrestrial fossil record. I will combine the genomic and fossil information of these organisms to study the modifications that allowed marine chelicerates to adapt to life on land.




  • Molecular palaebiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Arthropods
  • Insect metamorphosis
  • microRNAs



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