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 melanogasterTribolium castaneum and Thermobia domestica.

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Ureña; E.; Chafino, S.; Manjón, C.; Franch-Marro, X.; and Martín, D. 2016. The Occurrence of the Holometabolous Pupal Stage Requires the Interaction between E93, Krüppel-Homolog 1 and Broad-ComplexPLoS Genetics 12(5):e1006020

Ureña, E.; Pirone, L.; Chafino, S.; [5 authors]; Blanco, F. J.; Barrio, R.; Martín, D. 2016. Evolution of SUMO function and chain formation in insects. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33(2):568-84


Mansilla, A.; Martín, F.A.; Martín, D.; and Ferrús, A. 2016. Ligand-independent requirements of steroid receptors EcR and USP for cell survival. Cell Death & Differentiation 23: 405-416.


de Miguel, C.; Linsler, F.; Casanova, J.; Franch-Marro, X. 2016. Genetic basis for the evolution of organ morphogenesis. The case of spalt and cut in development of insect tracheaDevelopment pii: dev.134924

Herboso, L.; Oliveira, M. M.; Talamillo, A.; Pérez, C.; González, M.; Martín, D.; Sutherland, J. D.; Shingleton, A. W.; Mirth, C. K.; Barrio, R. 2015. Ecdysone promotes growth of imaginal discs through the regulation of Thor in D. melanogaster. Scientific Reports 5: 12383.


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