News from CRG
Toni Gabaldón, group leader of the Comparative Genomics laboratory and ICREA research professor at the CRG, has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for his project “Reticulate evolution: patterns and impacts of non-Vertical inheritance in eukaryotic genomes” (RETVOLUTION).
Gabaldón is one of the 5 researchers in Spain recently awarded with this grant, and his proposal is one of the 97 selected projects throughout Europe, among 710 proposals submitted in the Life Sciences category. The funding for Gabaldon’s project amounts to 1,986,178 euros, for a 5-year project. The funding falls under the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and Innovation programme.
Gabaldon's project aims to improve our understanding of reticular processes as drivers of eukaryotic genome evolution. To do so, Gabaldon will combine innovative computational and experimental approaches. He wil infer patterns of reticulate evolution across the eukaryotic tree, and relate this to current biological knowledge. He will also trace the genomic aftermath of inter-species hybridization. Finally, the results of this project will be integrated into emerging theoretical frameworks, contributing to a better understanding of the genome evolution.