Eleven young scientists share their research, perspectives, and PhD life at 10 different research organisations from 6 European countries, all connected through the EvoCELL network and a common interest in the genome, cells, and animal evolution.

EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

Institut de génomique fonctionnelle de Lyon, CNR-IGFL, France

Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche sur Mer, CNRS-OOV, France

Genomix4Life, Italy

Museum für Naturkunde, MfN Berlin, Germany

Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Norway

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy

University College London, UCL, UK

University of Exeter, UK

Uppsala University, Sweden

Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg, ZMBH, Germany

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A short introduction of our scientists and their projects:

Anna Ferraioli

During my studies I could learn about the different applications of molecular biology, figuring out my great interest in evolutionary biology and research. I also understood the importance that bioinformatics has in this field of research, besides being an important...

Periklis Paganos

I am interested in studying the gene regulatory mechanisms involved in the specification and differentiation of the nervous system of the sea urchin embryo and larva. Within the context of the EvoCELL ITN we aim to generate single cell transcriptome data and perform...

Milena Marinković

I wanted to work on this project because I think it will be exciting to figure out how to integrate different omics data to answer neurobiological and evolutionary questions. I also simply like marine invertebrates: they’re weird and beautiful and they can help us...

Konstantinos Geles

What motivates me: Unveiling complex biological systems. Identifying/predicting potential biomarkers in order to aid in cancer diagnosis and prevention through the exploitation of state-of-the-art technologies, such as single-cell sequencing. Exploring the...

Francisca Hervas

I am broadly interested in the evolutionary processes that shape adaptive diversity among animals. In particular, vertebrates show great diversity of phenotypic adaptations. So my main interest is to understand the underlying cellular and genetic mechanisms linked to...

Brenda Irene Medina Jiménez

My research interest centers in the evolution of invertebrates, mainly bilaterians, and being part of the EvoCELL network will allow me to study them using the latest single-cell sequencing technologies and exchange ideas with fellow members. Project name: Evolution...

Alba Almazán Almazán

I am attracted to developmental and evolutionary questions that explain the huge diversity surrounding us, for example how animal body plans and cell types evolved. A specific case is the progenitor cells that generate diverse cell types in the adult. Address these...

Siri Kellner

The EvoCELL project is giving me the opportunity to communicate highly specialized research in a critical and reflective way to the public. Moreover, I will be able to express my creativity and fascination in molecular biology by researching for and developing a...

Petra Kovacikova

The moment I began to disentangle the events of early development of living organisms at DevBio courses, I knew I did not want to let go of that tingling fascination and amazement I felt. Now I get to look closer at the origin of programme specifying the new progeny....

Kevin Nzumbi Mutemi

Perhaps naive or foolish, but I would love to understand why nervous systems emerged in nature? What selection pressures drive the diversity in nervous system organization? How do such features facilitate animal behavior, physiology and ecology? Plus, the nervous...

Laura Piovani

The Lophotrochozoa, one of the three main branches of Bilateria, includes very diverse animals such as annelids, molluscs and flatworms. Despite their divergent adult forms, they have striking developmental similarities and a distinctive larva (the trochophore)....