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Research

Chaetognaths

These minute marine predators constitute one of the most enigmatic animal phyla. I started working with them during my PhD, attempting to resolve their phylogenetic position using genomic data. We showed that they exhibit a mixture of very original characters, both an morphological and genomic levels, that could be reminiscent of the bilaterian ancestor. I am now attempting to sequence and comparatively analyse their genome, but also to conduce some gene expression work to investigate their original embryology. I am also interested in their high polymorphism and its impact on genome regulation.

Collaborators

Katja Peijnenburg (Univ. Amsterdam), Yannick Le Parco (Université d'Aix-Marseille), Max Telford (UCL, IK), Noriyuki Satoh (OIST, Japan), Génoscope (CEA, France)