Evolution and Development of Metazoans
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Themes and areas of research : Quantitative biology and modeling , Development and evolution , Cellular dynamics and signaling , Genome and chromosome dynamics , Models , Molecular and cellular pathologies
We compare the genetic networks that regulate the developmental patterning of key aspects of the body plan across metazoans, in order to reconstruct the early stages of animal evolution. Our main model is the marine segmented worm Platynereis dumerilii. This annelid species is easily reared in the lab and amenable to most molecular genetic investigation techniques, including transgenesis. This is also a great model for live imaging.