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Integrative Biology of Marine Organisms
UMR 7232

Our team has been created in spring 2012. We are interested in the cellular and molecular control of ascidian embryogenesis. Ascidians (or sea squirts) belong to the tunicates, and together with vertebrates and cephalochordates (amphioxus) constitute the chordates that share the same basic body plan characterized by a notochord and a dorsal hollow nerve cord. Given its morphological simplicity, its compact genome and powerful tools for molecular embryology and functional genomics, one ascidian species, Ciona intestinalis, has emerged as an attractive model system for reconstructing the gene regulatory networks (GRNs) controlling development.

15/04/16

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ACTUALITÉS

    • New publication (group 2)

      We have contributed to the paper Convergent acquisition of non-embryonic development in styelid ascidians that has just been published in Molecular Biology and Evolution.

    • New publication (group 2)

      Our team has recently published a paper on the role of canonical Wnt signaling in antero-posterio ectoderm patterning during the embryogeneis of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. Link to the paper on the PLOS Genetics website.

    • Master 2 internship proposal:telencephalon evolutionary origins.

      Telencephalon evolutionary origins: anterior neural tissue formation in chordates.

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