Strategic Research Evolutionary Genomics & Bioinformatics (EGB)

Evolutionary Genomics & Bioinformatics (EGB)

Our research aims to understand the mechanisms underlying genomic evolution and adaptation, from individual genes and gene families to the genome-wide architecture, using theoretical, analytical, computational and experimental approaches. Besides, we are also using phylogenetic and phylogeographic approaches to study the evolutionary history of organisms. One of the main research topic deals with the analysis of the multigene families of the invertebrate chemosensory system using comparative and population genomics and transcriptomics data and applying bioinformatics tools. Besides, we are also participating in several genome-sequencing consortia, and developing popular software for population genetics and molecular evolution analyses.

The active research lines are:

  • Origin and evolution of invertebrate chemosensory gene families
  • Genomics of adaptation in islands radiations
  • Developing new algorithms and software for population genetics and genomics studies and for the estimation of gene gain and loss rates

Main projects

  • 1.

    AdaptNET, Thematic Network on Adaptation Genomics

    Ref. CGL2015-71726-REDT

  • 2.

    Comprendiendo la base molecular de las radiaciones en islas: estudio evolutivo del sistema quimiosensorial en las arañas dysdera de Canarias mediante transcriptómica


  • 3.

    Genómica Comparada y de Poblaciones: Estudio de las fuerzas selectivas que moldean la evolución de familias multigénicas y de genomas

    Ref. BFU2010-15484/BMC



Bioinformatics expertise:

Group Leader:

Julio Rozas Liras

Bioinformatics services offered

  • Support for NGS data handling and analyses, phylogenetic and population genomics-based analyses.