Nicolas is a molecular systematists, working both at the species and phylogenetic levels to understand the evolutionary dynamics of the conoideans and other members of the neogastropods. He is assistant professor in the MNHN, Paris, member of the team 3E in the Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB).
Tanya is in charge of all the administrative tasks linked to the project, including the budget, the organization of the meeting, the missions, the data management plan, etc…
Manager of the neogastropod collection
Claudia is in charge of curating all the biological material that will be studied in the framework of the project, including sorting, tissue-clipping, photographing and databasing thousands of samples.
Dario is taking care of the “Barcoding” task: it consists in sequencing the cox1 gene of a maximum of individuals, to propose species hypotheses that will be used to eventually describe new species and that will serve as a basis to select representatives for the neogastropod phylogeny.
Thomas’ PhD project is to design genetic markers to be sequenced on hundreds of specimens using an “exon capture” approach in order to resolve the phylogenetic relationships of the neogastropods.
Sarah’s general research area is genomics and transcriptomics. She is interested in genome assembly and annotation, gene expression, and population genomics. Here, she is focusing on genome annotation of neogastropods and characterization of their molecular processes and features.
Mélanie VAN WEDDINGEN
Curation of the neogastropod collection
Mélanie is helping Claudia in curating the samples, and more specifically she is photographing databasing them.
2nd year Master’s student
Allan is a 2nd year Master’s student from the “Bioinformatics” program at the Université de Lille. He is working on refining a bioinformatics pipeline to detect putative toxins in neogastropod transcriptomes. He will apply it to a dataset of transcriptomes available on the web or recently produced as part of the ERC project, in order to eventually detect new putative neogastropod toxins.
Sébastien Dutertre is a CNRS researcher at the Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron (Montpellier, France) with more than 20 years of experience in the field of toxinology, including the discovery, synthesis and characterization of toxins from cone snail venoms. He will be providing expertise for the integration of proteomic data with transcriptomic sequences.
Alexander Fedosov is a zoologist with strong expertise in molecular systematics and bioinformatics. He is based in the Russian academy of Science, and is also a correspondent of the MNHN; his main interests are diversity and relationships of the Neogastropoda. His main role in the project – development of analytical pipeline and sampling design for exon-capture based phylogeny of the Neogastropoda.
Alberto Pallavicini is Associate Professor in Genetics at the University of Trieste where he leads the Applied and Comparative Genomics Laboratory. He has more than 20 years of research experience on transcriptomics, bioinformatics analysis, comparative and functional genomics of non-model organisms with a focus on marine invertebrates.
Maria VITTORIA MODICA
Maria Vittoria Modica is an invertebrate zoologist, working on the anatomy, phylogeny and evolution of marine snails, with a special focus on the molecular basis of trophic adaptations and venom diversity. She is a research scientist at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN - Naples, Italy).
Yuri Kantor is a specialist in taxonomy, morphology and phylogeny of the Neogastropoda, in the Russian academy of Science; heis also a correspondent of the MNHN. His contribution is a selection of specimens for molecular studies, identification of the material, morphological and anatomical studies for identifying the evolutionary traits of neogastropods.
Marco is a researcher at the University of Trieste, Italy. He is a specialist in comparative genomics, specialized in non-model organisms. He will provide some help in the de novo genome assembly and annotation process.
Alessandro is a bioinformatician, and his objective is to assemble and annotate the genomes that will be produce in the framework of the project, providing data for the other tasks of the projects (phylogeny, trait determinism, transcriptome annotation…).