Studies of the basic biological processes in marine organisms
With the new model system Oikopleura, we try to understand how simple animals evolved from more complex ancestors.
The group is using the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis as a model organism for studying the development and regeneration of the nervous system.
To better understand animal evolution we compare development, molecular and structural
features of cell types and organ systems in several invertebrates.
We study the balance between nutrition, growth and reproduction in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis to understand its emergence during animal evolution.
Our group is studying the evolution and function of the nervous system in urochordates, using modern neurobiological and genetic Toolkits.
Our group studies the evolutionary history of synaptic signalling machineries to better understand the first appearance(s) of synapses and neurons.
Our group studies the biophysical function and evolution of neurotransmitter receptors, using molecular phylogenetics, chemical biology, and electrophysiology.
We study neural development and function in the urochordate Oikopleura, from gene expression to behavior, using molecular and functional imaging approaches.
We study the regulation of translation during development and the mystery of pervasive translation across UTRs and non-coding RNA.
Using molecular techniques, the Sars Centre aims to use marine animals as model systems to study development, most often in an evolutionary context.
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