About the Division of Molecular Evolution and Development

How complex animal body plans could arise in evolution is one of the fundamental questions in biology. We address this question by investigating the underlying genomic, molecular and developmental processes that led to the diversification of animal body plans. We use cnidarians (jellyfish, corals and anemones) as model organisms to understand the evolution of key bilaterian features: bilaterality, central nervous systems and three germ layers.  Read more

Comparative and experimental genomics of birds and flies is used to reveal the mechanisms leading to the evolution and differentiation of sex chromosomes.  Read more

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BioEssays Paper for Elena Ritschard, Oleg Simakov et al.


New paper in PNAS for Wai Yee Wong, Oleg Simakov et al


New Development paper for Ekaterina Pukhlyakova et al.


Nature Ecology and Evolution paper on ancient genome architecture by Bob Zimmermann, Nicolas Robert, Ulrich Technau and Oleg Simakov


FWF grant awarded to Grigory Genikhovich


Oleg Simakov has been named a Whitman Center Early Career Fellow

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