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Dr Jordi Paps Montserrat

Genomic basis of major evolutionary transitions

Research keywords

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genomics
  • Phylogenetics
  • Organismal diversity

Research methods

  • Comparative Genomics
  • Molecular phylogenetics

Research findings

The history of life on Earth shows major evolutionary transitions, shifts in which new biological features emerged that dramatically changed the biology of organisms. The endless forms most beautiful we observe today are the result of these revolutions that shaped the biology of the planet. They include the origins of animals, plants, and parasites among many others.

In our lab we aim to unravel the molecular changes underlying these major transitions by analysing genomic data with comparative genomics and phylogenetics. The reconstruction of ancestral genomes and the understanding of the evolution of key gene families are essential to comprehend the genesis of adaptations and biological innovations.