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About: PascualAnaya

I graduated from the University of Málaga, Spain, with a bachelor in Biology. During my undergradate days, I was working in the Department of Cellular Biology, Genetics and Animal Phisiology where I learned the basics of molecular biology. Right after my graduation I moved to the University of Barcelona to work on my PhD in Jordi Garcia-Fernàndez's lab, where I worked in the regulation of Hox genes of cephalochordates, and also in the evolutionary origin of hematopoiesis. After getting my PhD in 2010, I became a postdoctoral fellow at RIKEN CDB, Japan, in the lab of Shigeru Kuratani, until the present day. In Japan, I continue my work on Hox genes using hagfish, but I am also interested in investigating the genomic changes that can account for the origin of the turtle shell. My major interest is therefore the evolutionary genomic changes responsible for morphological innovations in metazoans, with special focus on vertebrate innovations.

Posts by PascualAnaya:

A Day in the Life of a Turtle lab

Posted by on December 9th, 2014

We are Juan Pascual-Anaya and Tatsuya Hirasawa, two postdoctoral fellows at RIKEN (Kobe, Japan), in the laboratory of Shigeru Kuratani. We both have been working for the last 4-5 years using turtles as a model organism in the laboratory, studying different aspects of the carapace development.   Three different turtles used in our lab.  […]

47th Meeting of the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists, Nagoya

Posted by on June 19th, 2014

The heat started to increase in Japan, as the rainy season approached and with it the high levels of temperature and humidity. But this was not an obstacle for scientists from all over Japan (and also some scientists from abroad) to meet in the great and beautiful city of Nagoya, in Aichi prefecture. Here took place[…]