Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology

Mnemiopsis leidyi

The Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, created in 1997, studies the basic biological processes in marine organisms using functional and comparative molecular methods. It is since 2003 a partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory  (EMBL).

Kerstin Bartscherer
Jun 21

Kerstin Bartscherer (Hubrecht labs, Utrecht)

"Understanding regeneration - from planarians to spiny mice"

Chourrout Group

Small bricks to rapidly enlarge genomes

The tunicate larvacean Oikopleura dioica, a flagship of Sars Centre science, is well known for having a remarkably small and compact genome. However, sequencing of related species has revealed immense variations in genome size among larvaceans, up to 12X. Research at the Sars Centre and at the...


Profiling Ciona Behaviour

Establishing links between the anatomy and behavior of animals is one of the top goals of neurobiologists. For such a challenge, Ciona is gradually getting on the right track!  Read the exciting new paper from Marios Chatzigeorgiou's group.