Research Groups at the Michael Sars Centre
Studies of the basic biological processes in marine organisms
We use CRISPR/Cas9, imaging, single cell genomics and modeling to study multipotent cardiopharyngeal progenitors and cellular behaviors in the ascidian Ciona.
With the new model system Oikopleura, we try to understand how simple animals evolved from more complex ancestors.
We aim to understand the cellular and molecular links between growth, reproduction and food availability using the simple sea anemone Nematostella vectensis.
Our group is studying the evolution and function of the nervous system in urochordates, using modern neurobiological and genetic Toolkits.
Our group utilizes marine organisms to reveal the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the evolutionary origin of synapses and neurons.
Our group studies the biophysical function and evolution of neurotransmitter receptors, using molecular phylogenetics, chemical biology, and electrophysiology.
Valen Associate Group
We study the regulation of translation during development and the mystery of pervasive translation across UTRs and non-coding RNA.