News from IBE
Tomàs Marquès Bonet, director of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE:CSIC-UPF) and ICREA research professor at UPF, has obtained an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The researcher will receive a grant of 1.896.875 euros to carry out, over five years, research focusing on the processes that shape the genomic variation of great apes.
Entitled "Great ape genome variation now and then: current diversity and genomic relics of extinct primates", (with the acronym ApeGenomeDiversity), professor Marquès-Bonet’s project seeks to define the ancestral diversity of the great apes either by using the fossil record or by rescuing parts of extinct species by searching genomes of current apes. "This project will help us understand how diversity is formed in species, and further it will shed light on the adaptive effects of hybridization between species", says Marquès-Bonet.