Aureliano Bombarely,  Principal Investigator, CSIC Professor at IBMCP.


Plant domestication is a fascinating topic with hundreds of questions waiting to be answered with the new genomics tools. My research interest is focused in the genomic changes produced in plant species during the plant domestication, from the selection of genes with desirable traits to events that shape the genome of these plants such as polyploidy, hybridizations, introgressions, transposon activation and genomic reorganizations and how they are translated into the amazing phenotypic diversity that we can find today. More information about publications can be found at Research Gate and  Google Scholar.

Contact at: abombarely[at]

James Friel (PhD student at the University of Milan). Mr. Friel’s work is focused in the evolutionary analysis of the species Asimina triloba.

Victor Garcia-Carpintero (Bioinformatician at the IBMCP).

Sabela Quirós (Biologist at the IBMCP).

Yujie (Olivia) Zhu (Master Student at the IBMCP).

Lluna Bellot Pastor (Graduate Student at the UPV).

Alejandro Bernabeu Durendez (Graduate Student at the UPV).

Past Members:

  • Luis Baeza (Graduate Student at the University of Valencia). Luis worked in the development of phylogenetic tools.
  • Lucio D’Andrea (Postdoctoral researcher). Lucio worked in the development of tools for phylogenomic analysis for the study of the genus Nicotiana.
  • Azam Soltani (Ms. student at the University of Milan). Azam worked in the improvement of the chloroplast genome assembly tool Organelle_PBA.
  • Venkata Kopalli (Ms. student at the University of Milan). Venkata worked in the elucidation of the origin of two Italian tomato heirloom varieties.
  • Larissa De Paola (Ms. student at the University of Milan. Graduated in the summer 2021). Larissa did an excellent work elucidating genetic component for flower colour patterning in Sinningia speciosa.
  • Noe Fernandez-Pozo (Postdoc at UNIMI in 2021). Noe worked in the development of a genomic database framework called EasyGDB.
  • Haidong Yang (PhD student at Virginia Tech. Graduated in the spring 2020). Haidong worked in the thesis project “Repetitive Elements as Driven Force in the Genome Evolution “.
  • Tomas Hasing, (PhD Student at Virginia Tech. Graduated in the fall of 2019). Tomas’ work was focused in the project “Genome Evolution in Plant Domestication using Sinningia speciosa as Model”.
  • Elijah Rinaldi (Undergraduate Research Assistant). Elijah worked in the genome size estimation of different Nicotiana species by flow cytometry. Additionally he participated in the pawpaw sampling in VA.
  • Silvia Manrique (Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy;). Dr. Manrique is focused in the study of the molecular mechanisms involved in the plant reproduction, specifically in the ovule development using Arabidopsis thaliana as model. She is a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of the Prof. Lucia Colombo in the Department of Biosciences of the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.
  • Alicia Talavera-Juez (Visiting PhD student, IHSM-La Mayora, Spain; May 2017 – August 2017 and May 2018 – July 2018). Her main interests lie in the field of biodiversity,  genomics, molecular breeding and bioinformatics. She is currently working in her dissertation supervised by Iñaki Hormaza & Antonio Matas within the project “Selection of plant material and optimization of the production in subtropical fruit crops”. More information can be found at Research Gate
  • Lisa Rotasperti (Visiting PhD student, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy; June 2017 – August 2017): Lisa Rotasperti is a short term scholar from Università degli Studi di Milano. She had the master degree in Biodiversity and Biological Evolution in October 2016. Her main fields of interest are developmental biology, molecular biology and morphology applied to study the fruit in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. At Aureliano Bombarely’s laboratory she is learning how to analyze RNA-Seq data from the silique of Arabidopsis thaliana using bioinformatics tools.
  • Giovanna Giudicelli (Visiting PhD student, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; May 2017 – August 2017): Giovanna is currently a PhD student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), under the main supervision of Loreta B. Freitas and co-supervised by Caroline Turchetto. She is interested  in plants genetics, molecular biology and evolution. Her project is focused on understanding the evolutionary history of Petunia axillaris ssp. parodii to better comprehend Neotropical Grassland plants speciation and diversification in South America.
  • Pietro Gramazio (Visiting PhD Student, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, COMAV, Spain; September 2016 – December 2016): “Genomic Analysis of Eight Eggplant Accessions”.
  • Aboozar Soorni (Visiting PhD Student, University of Teheran, Iran; April 2015 – August 2016): “Study of the Cannabis sativa population in Iran”.
  • Jaime Jimenez-Ruiz (Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Jaen, Spain; November 2015): “Sequencing and Assembly of the Olea europaea genome”.
  • Mario Fenech (Visiting Master Student, University of Malaga, Spain; September 2015 to December 2015): “Evolutionary Analysis of Gene Duplication in the Ascorbic Acid Biosynthesis Pathway”.
  • Luisa Martinez-Martinez (Visiting Ph Student, University of Jaen, Spain; May 2015 to August 2015): “RNA-Seq Analysis for polyploid Brachypodium”.

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