We are working on the following projects


"How odd it is that anyone should not see that observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of any service"


Darwin F (1903) More Letters of Charles Darwin (Murray, London).





Genome topology and evolution in Drosophila melanogaster


We are studying the impact of genome topology in gene evolution in Drosophila melanogaster. We are working in colaboration with Dra. Kasia Oktaba.

Student responsible of the project: Dulce Irene Valdivia Martínez





Origin, function and evolution of HIP1


We are studying repeated sequences in cyanobacterial genomes, in particular, the function and evolution of the Highly-Iterated Palindrome 1 (HIP1). The hypothesis we are following is that HIP1 functions like a protein recognition motif. We are also asking how this sequence could be involved in molecular process like site-specific recombination and chromosome topology. You can find our previous work here.

Student responsible of the project: Ulises Rodríguez Cruz



The nature of LUCA

In which conditions of temperature and oxygen did the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) thrived? Is it possible to infer these characteristics? Here we are working towards the reconstruction of LUCA gene sequences to learn about its oxigen tolerance and growth temperature. 

Student responsible of the project: Gilberto Pérez





Evolution of relative codon usage among prokaryotes


Codon usage is determined by the interplay between natural selection, mutation and genetic drift. In some species, the codon usage of highly transcribed genes has been optimized by natural selection to make translation more efficient. In this project we study the evolution of codon usage bias in bacteria and archaea.

Student responsible of the proyect: Fransisco Maximiliano González Serrano




Genetic diversity of common gravepine (Vitis vinifera L.) in México


The common gravepine arrived to México allmost 500 years ago. Since then, it may have had the chance to adapt to novel conditions. In this proyect we aim to study the genetic diversity of ancient and rare grape varietis found in our country.

Student responisble of the proyect: María González Rodríguez