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I study molecular evolution of two fascinating groups of marine invertebrates: cnidarians (e.g. sea anemones and corals) and comb jellies (also known as ctenophores). I am interested in cnidarian venom, its adaptations to environmental stress (e.g. heat) and the advantages that it provides sea anemones and corals. I am also trying to understand the origin of nervous system in comb jellies and animals in general. To address these evolutionary questions, I use molecular biology and biochemistry techniques. 

Keywords

  • Evolution
  • Molecular biology
  • Ecology
  • Marine animals
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropeptide
  • Venom
  • Coral
  • Sea anemone
  • Comb jelly

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