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2 PhD grants in Barcelona on gene network evolution

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Dep of Genetics and Microbiology

We are looking for two students, preferably a biologists, to start two grants for two PhD in systems biology and/or evo-devo about:

- Gene network simulation in pattern formation, morphogenesis and morphological evolution.
- Compartive embryonic morphometrics

One of the current challenges of evolutionary biology is to understand how genetic variation leads to specific morphological variation (the g-p map) and how that process affects the direction of morphological change in evolution. Our group is devoted to address this question by using gene network models.

Programming skills or a willingness to acquire them is required.

The grants are provided by the Spanish ministry of science and innovation. One of them is for 4 years and the other is for 3 years extendable to an additional year.

The exact topic of the theses would be discussed in detail after interview.

For an outline of the groups research:

For further inquiries:
isaac.salazar at uab.cat
Genomics, Bioinformatics and Evolution Group

Article exemple:
Salazar-Ciudad I, Jernvall J.A computational model of teeth and the developmental origins of morphological variation. Nature. 2010 Mar 25;464(7288):583-6.

The Autonomous University of Barcelona is a public university located 20 kms north of Barcelona centre. It has its own "green" campus. It is the university with more PhD students (in proportion of its size) in Spain.

posted 2010.07.20