Tomàs Marques-Bonet, Group Leader and Ramon & Cajal Researcher T. Marqués-Bonet Webpage
Belen Lorente, PhD student INB Project Contract
Javier Prado, FPI Scholarship MICINN
Marcos Fernandez, PhD student UPF Project Contract
Irene Hernando, PhD student ERC StGt contract
My main line of research is centered in the discovery of the extent of genome structural polymorphism within the great ape species. The goal is to create an integrated view of structural variation evolution by studying changes in the composition, frequency, size and location at every major branchpoint of human divergence from other primates. The results of these analyses will assess the rate of genome variation in primate evolution, characterize regional deletions and copy-number expansions as well as determine the patterns of selection acting upon them and whether the diversity of these segments is consistent with other forms of genetic variation among humans and great apes.