Evolutionary Genomics & Bioinformatics

  Onycophora  Eye of Science/Science Photo Library
P.I.: Julio Rozas

Co – P.I.: Alejandro Sánchez-Gracia


Research interests

Our main research interests are understanding the mechanisms underlying molecular adaptation. We combine theoretical, analytical and experimental approaches, some of them developed in our group, to determine the relative role of the principal evolutionary forces in driving species diversification and in promoting genetic innovations. For that, we analyze both DNA sequence data generated in our lab (NGS data) and genomic data retrieved from databases, always within the framework of comparative and population genomics/transcriptomics. An important part of our work is focused on the origin and evolution of multigene families involved in the chemosensory system of invertebrates. We also actively develop and/or maintain software for the analysis of genetic and genomic variation in different contexts.

Research organisms

Arthropods (Dysdera, Strigamia, Drosophila), tardigrades (Hypsibius dujardini), onychophorans (Euperipatoides rowelli)

Bioinformatic, analytic, experimental skills

  • Bioinformatics tools for NGS data handling and analysis (de novo assembly, mapping/alignment, markers development, analysis of genetic variation from NGS files)
  • Software development for population genetics & molecular evolutionary analysis of different kind of data (classic MSAs, RAD-seq formats, VCF files and other multi MSA formats)
  • Development of summary statistics and neutrality tests for population genetics/genomics

Lab website: http://www.ub.edu/molevol/julio

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=eACDU-MAAAAJ&hl=es

ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-6839-9148

E-mail: jrozas@ub.edu


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