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. Complete CV B. Esteve-Altava 15May2019
Fabio Barteri (Postdoctoral Researcher, DCEXS-UPF)
I have a PhD from the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, with a thesis on the impact of transposable elements on the generation of genetic variability in crop species. Now I study the genetic and genomic factors of craniosynostosis and cranial morphology evolution. I am particularly interested in the link between transposition and morphological innovation.
Aitor Navarro Díaz (PhD Student, University of Valencia, 2017 – to date)
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.
James Rawson (Undergrad Student, University of Bristol, 2020)
In collaboration with Emily Rayfield, James carried out his undergrad project on the evolution of the skull anatomical organization in the early tetrapods and the changes in skulls network-anatomy during the water-to-land transition. His project was funded by an Undergraduate Research Bursary award from the Palaeontological Association (PA-UB202006).
Hiu Wai Lee (Master Student, University of Hong Kong, 2019)
In collaboration with Arkhat Abzhanov, Hiu Wai carried out her final master’s project at the Imperial College London on the evolution of skull diviersty in archosaurs using anatomical networks analysis and phylogenetic comparative methods. She is now starting her PhD at the University of Hong Kong.
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.