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February 2023


To more people joined the lab. Rafath will investigate the origin of wings in insects and Antoni will help all us with our experimental work and care of the animals

December 2022


We welcome Laia to the lab! She will be working with us as part of her Master thesis


November 2022


Another great collaboration with the Irimia lab. Check the preprint here:


October 2022


Maria has been awarded a Margarita Salas postdoctoral fellowship. With that, she will continue exploring the genes controlling the appearance of new organs together with the Solana team at Oxford Brookes University


June 2022


Do you want to join the team? We have postdoctoral and research assistant positions open to join the lab funded through the mayFLYeye ERC-CoG project


June 2022


The lab has attended the EuroEvoDevo2022 meeting in Naples and we all presented different projects running in the lab... and there was a Seville-Barcelona reunion!


March 2022


The lab has been awarded with an ERC-Consolidator grant.

With  "mayFLYeye"  we will study the genetic basis of morphological novelties that contributed insects' conquest of the skies


February 2022


While Isabel is presenting the last results from the lab at the VIII SESBE meeting in Vigo, María and Tòt are attending to the Developmental Biology Symposium in Barcelona. María won the 2nd prize to the best poster presentation!


November 2021


The lab welcomes Tòt Senar, who is joining the team to pursue his Master thesis. Tòt is investigating the visual capabilities of mayflies


October 2021


The first generation of our mayfly colony has born in our new location in Barcelona. María made the honours assisting in the delivery.


October 2021


María Rosselló joined the lab. She will use her expertise in Bioinformatics and Developmental Biology to address how mayflies adapt to different environments and evolved new organs. Welcome, María!


August 2021


Final version of our collaboration with the Belles lab at IBE-CSIC is now published in PNAS. Check it here

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June 2021


Perfect starting at the University of Barcelona, Isabel is one of Leonardo awardees from the BBVA fundation. With this project, we will investigate the origin of insect wings using our favorite animal, the mayfly Cloeon dipterum.

In addition, our project to investigate the turbanate eyes of mayfly males has been also awarded by the Spanish Research Council.

Exciting times ahead!


March 2021


Two new preprints are out!

Slow cooked study on differences of ommatidia size in different species of Drosophila, together with McGregor, Posnien, Nunes and Arif labs:

Differences in orthodenticle expression promote ommatidial size variation between Drosophila species

And a great collaboration with Belles lab at IBE

The mayfly subimago explained. The regulation of metamorphosis in Ephemeroptera


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February 2021


Our contribution to the work elucidating the role of Srrm234 in flies is out. A great collaboration with Irimia and Prieto-Godino labs.

Parallel evolution of a splicing program controlling neuronal excitability in flies and mammals


 January 2021


The report of the last SEBD2020 meeting is now published in International Journal of Developmental Biology:

Meeting report of the 17th Spanish Society for Developmental Biology Meeting (SEBD2020)



February 2021


Isabel presented the latest work on mayflies as part of the Koenig Museum seminar series, MEEGene: Evolutionary & Environmental Genomics. The talk is available here


January 2021


We start the year with our contribution to the great work led by the Posnien lab:


Variation in a pleiotropic hub gene drives morphological evolution: insights from interspecific differences in head shape and eye size in Drosophila in Molecular Biology and Evolution

November 2020


Carlos presented his work on gill regeneration as a flash talk at the Spanish Society of Developmental Biology


October 2020


Thanks to the Beatriz Galindo program, in June 2021, the lab will start at the Department of Genetics, Microbiology & Statistics at the University of Barcelona


September 2020


We talk about our latest research on mayfly genomics in The Node:


Mayflies: an emergent model to investigate the evolution of winged insects


You can also check our post in Nature Ecology & Evolution community, Mayflies take off: a new model to study insect evolution 

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