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Lab ImageXavier Belles

Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF)
Passeig Maritim 37
Barcelona, Barcelona 8003

00 34 93 2309636

Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, 454 Pyrosequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, RNA interference(RNAi), Scanning Electron Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy
Research Description: Our group works on the field of Evolution of Insect Metamorphosis Our main research interest is to understand the mechanisms (especially endocrine derived) regulating metamorphosis in the basal hemimetabolous insect Blattella germanica, compare them with those operating in more modified, holometabolous insects (like Drosophila melanogaster, Bombyx mori and Tribolium castaneum), and then to infer the mechanisms underlying the evolution from hemimetaboly (gradual metamorphosis) to holometaboly (sudden metamorphosis).
Lab Web Page: http://molevol.cmima.csic.es/belles/index.html
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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