Borja Esteve-Altava (Principal Investigator, Junior Leader Fellow, DCEXS-UPF)
I am an evolutionary biologist (PhD in Biodiversity) interested in understanding macro-evolutionary patterns in vertebrate morphology and the relationship between evolution and health. Most of my work has been focused on the morphological evolution of the head and limbs of vertebrates. Specifically, the presence of evolutionary trends and developmental constraints, delimiting morphological modules based on the anatomical relations of parts, and studying the premature fusion of bones or craniosynostosis in an evolutionary context.
Fabio Barteri (Research Assistant, DCEXS-UPF)
Fabio is a bioinformatician with a track record in comparative genomics. He is finishing his PhD at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics studying the impact of transposable elements on the generation of genetic variability in crop species. He will be in charge of the comparative genetic and genomic analyses on craniosynostosis and cranial morphology evolution.
Aitor Navarro Díaz (PhD Student, University of Valencia)
In collaboration with Diego Rasskin-Gutman, Aitor carries on his doctoral research on the evolution of the vertebrate skull and how evolutionary trends in morphology relate to pathological conditions such as craniosynostosis.
Jake Horton (Master Student, Imperial College London) 2018
In collaboration with Arkhat Abzhanov, Jake studied the evolution of the crocodilian skull using anatomical networks analysis and comparative methods.
Fernando Antonio Martín Arnal (Master Student, University of Valencia) 2017
In collaboration with Héctor Botella, Fernando studied the macro-evolutionary changes in the anatomy of the skull roof in early vertebrates (placoderms) using anatomical networks analysis and phylogenetic tools. Fernando is currently doing his PhD at the University of Bath.