Throughout the Earth’s history, evolution has developed a great number of different organisms with an incredible variety of forms and sizes. These morphologies are tailored during development by modifying the expression pattern of key genes and by the modulation of hormone activation. The main goal of this lab is, therefore, to understand how changes in gene and hormone regulation affect morphology evolution, particularly in relation to the origin of insect metamorphosis. The Evolution and Developmental Biology lab addresses these questions by comparing the development and metamorphosis of Drosophila melanogaster, Tribolium castaneum and Thermobia domestica.
Chafino, S.; López-Escardó, D.; Benelli, G.; Kovac, H.; Casacuberta, E.; Franch-Marro, X.; Kathirithamby, J.; Martín, D. 2018. Differential expression of the adult specifier E93 in the strepsipteran Xenos vesparum Rossi suggests a role in female neoteny. Scientific Reports. 8(1):14176 doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-32611-y
Campbell, K.; Lebreton, G.; Franch-Marro, X.; Casanova, J. 2018. Differential roles of the Drosophila EMT-inducing transcription factors Snail and Serpent in driving primary tumour growth. PLoS Genetics. 14(2):e1007167 doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007167
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Romero-Rivas C.; Corey J.D.; Garcia X.; Thierry G.; Martin C.D.; Costa A. 2017. World knowledge and novel information integration during L2 speech comprehension. Bilingualism. 20(3):576-587
Rahman, M.M.;Franch-Marro, X.;Maestro, J.L.;Martin, D.;Casali, A. 2017. Local Juvenile Hormone activity regulates gut homeostasis and tumor growth in adult Drosophila. Scientific Reports . 7:Article number: 11677