Welcome to the Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics Laboratory web.
This is the web portal to the Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics laboratory located physically at the Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP) in Valencia, Spain.
The main focus of the laboratory is the study the plant domestication and evolution from a genomic perspective. Domestication is a topic that has been fascinating scientists the last two hundred years since Charles Darwin published “The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication” (1868), and still we are far from fully understand all the changes that happens in a species under domestication. Do all the domesticated plant species have a genetic bottleneck compared with the wild populations ? Why so much phenotypic diversity ? How common are polyploidy, hybridizations and other species introgressions ? These and other fascinating questions are the target of our laboratory, If you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact with us.
Some history about our group. It was born in 2014 in the former Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech where we stayed until 2018. During this period our group was composed by two PhD students, Tomas Hasing and Haidong Yan, who graduated in 2019 and 2020 respectively. At the beginning of 2019, it moved to the Dipartimento di Bioscienze at the Universita degli Studi di Milano until we moved again in August 2021 to our current location. Our group grew during our Italian period with several Ms. students, one PhD, James Friel, and two postdocs, Noe Fernandez-Pozo and Lucio D’Andrea. For more information about our current and past team members, check the Members tab.