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Postdoc – Epigenomics of spiral cleavage

Posted by on December 19th, 2018

An ERC-funded Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr José M (Chema) Martín-Durán’s group, to work on the epigenetic regulation of conditional and autonomous development in spiral cleaving animals (e.g. annelid worms, molluscs, and nemerteans).   Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the[…]

PhD – Comparative annelid genomics

Posted by on December 19th, 2018

Mutualistic relationships between bacteria and complex organisms have repeatedly evolved and this has allowed host organisms to exploit new environments and foods. Siboglinid annelid worms (e.g. Riftia and Osedax) are able to live in particularly extreme environments including deep sea hydrothermal vents and carcases thanks to a particular symbiosis: as juveniles, these annelids acquire bacteria from the[…]

PhD – DNA methylation in annelids

Posted by on December 19th, 2018

DNA methylation is a major mechanism for regulating gene expression in mammals, and it is often altered in prevalent human diseases like cancers. While common invertebrate biomedical systems, such as Drosophila melanogaster and C. elegans, lack this epigenetic mark, spiralians (e.g. molluscs and annelids) exhibit significant levels of DNA methylation. In collaboration with Dr Robert[…]

Postdoc – The evolution of spiral cleavage

Posted by on October 4th, 2018

An ERC-funded Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London in Dr José M (Chema) Martín-Durán’s group. The project focuses on the epigenetic regulation of conditional and autonomous development in spiral cleavage. Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK[…]

PhD position in Queen Mary University of London: Evolution of axis specification in annelid worms

Posted by on February 23rd, 2018

A PhD studentship is available for a project on the evolution of axis specification modes in spiral cleaving animals. The project will focus on the annelid species Owenia fusiformis, which occupies a key phylogenetic position as the sister lineage to all remaining annelids, and it has recently proven very informative for the study of animal[…]