Organisms connect morphology, physiology, and function to the fields of comparative genomics, developmental biology, and evolution. Our research at the Organismal Biology Lab focuses on the evolution of phenotypes, with an special focus on the macro-evolutionary patterns of cranial anatomy, the genomic causes of form, and the interplay between pathology and morphological evolution. We use principles of evolutionary biology to better understand anatomical pathologies and birth defects, and study diseases to advance basic knowledge on how organisms evolve over time. We are integrated within the Computational and Comparative Genomics groups of Tomàs Marquès-Bonet and Arcadi Navarro.
We are based at the Institut of Evolutionary Biology (UPC-CSIC), within the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University, located at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (Lab. 763). The department is a “Maria de Maeztu” Excellence Unit by the Spanish Government. We are funded by a grant from “la Caixa”.