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The Evolutionary Genetics section of the Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva (University of Valencia, Spain) is devoted to the theoretical, computational, comparative, and experimental study of evolution within the fields of genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, and population biology. At present, it includes four full professors, four associate professors, four postdocs, and ten PhD students.

Several of its members are also associated to the Join Unit of Genomics and Health, which integrates the University of Valencia and the FISABIO - Salud Pública.

Selected recent research

Evolution of animal symbiosis

Symbiosis is a strong factor promoting evolutionary novelty. Its study requires a joint analysis of both the eukaryotic host and its intimately associated microorganisms. To achieve this goal, we use genomic and metagenomic approaches.

Synthetic biology

The tree of life shows a variety of microorganisms with minimal genomes whose study can provide clues for the understanding and enginneering of minimal cells with applications in biomedicine, bioremediation, and biotechnology.

Genetic studies of aphids: Taxonomy and reproductive polyphenism

We are interested in identifying the genes and routes governing the mode of reproduction in aphids (parthenogenesis vs. sexuality).

Selected recent publications

  • Rojo, D., Gosalbes, M.J., Ferrari, R., Pérez-Cobas, A.E., Hernández, E., Oltra, R., Buesa, J., Latorre, A., Barbas, C., Ferrer, M., Moya, A. 2015. Clostridium difficile heterogeneously impacts intestinal community architecture but drives stable metabolome responses. The ISME Journal 9(10):2206-20. [URL]
  • Vázquez-Castellanos, J.F., Serrano-Villar, S., Latorre, A., Artacho, A., Ferrús, M.L., Madrid, N., Vallejo, A., Sainz, T., Martínez-Botas, J., Ferrando-Martínez, S., Vera, M., Dronda, F., Leal, M., Del Romero, J., Moreno, S., Estrada, V., Gosalbes, M.J., Moya, A. 2015. Altered metabolism of gut microbiota contributes to chronic immune activation in HIV-infected individuals. Mucosal Immunology 8:760-772. [URL]
  • Santos-García, D., Vargas-Chávez, C., Moya, A., Latorre, A., Silva, F.J. 2015. Genome evolution in the primary endosymbiont of whiteflies sheds light on their divergence. Genome Biology and Evolution 7(3):873-888. [PDF]
  • López-Madrigal, S., Latorre, A., Moya, A., Gil R. 2015. The link between independent acquisition of intracellular gamma-endosymbionts and concerted evolution in Tremblaya princeps. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:642. [PDF]
  • Campos, M., Llorens, C., Sempere, J.M., Futami, R., Rodriguez, I., Carrasco, P., Capilla, R., Latorre, A., Coque, T.M., Moya, A., Baquero, F. 2015. A membrane computing simulator of trans-hierarchical antibiotic resistance evolution dynamics in nested ecological compartments (ARES). Biology Direct 10:41. [PDF]