Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates


IGNITE supported research presents how long-read assemblers prosper

IGNITE researchers Dr. Nadège Guiglielmoni and Prof. Jean-Francois Flot have recently published a research article titled “Overcoming uncollapsed haplotypes in long-read assemblies of non-model organisms”. The paper, which was published in the open access journal BMC Bioinformatics, provides a thorough evaluation of popular assemblers on a non-model eukaryote genome with variable levels of heterozygosity. It concludes  tha... show more

IGNITE ESRs virtual catch up meeting in times of a pandemic

Yesterday, the ESRs in IGNITE had a virtual meeting to catch up and discuss with each other the effects of the pandemic on their projects. The students shared their progress and plans for the future as the IGNITE project is nearing its end. Among the positive messages from the meeting were the news of some labs re-opening soon and ESRs making progress with thesis writing and even finding future research opportunities!  

New IGNITE publication: The omics data paper structure and workflow for import of genomics metadata

A research article, co-authored by IGNITE members Mariya Dimitrova and Prof. Lyubomir Penev and published in the open access journal GigaScience, presents a template and workflow for automatic import of standard-compliant metadata into an omics data paper manuscript within a journal publishing system. These advances provide a mechanism for enhancing existing metadata through publishing. The researchers aimed to establish a new type of article ... show more

IGNITE investigates the genomic evolution and chromosomal-level assembly of the freshwater sponge Ephydatia Muelleri

An IGNITE-funded research article has been published in the Nature Communications journal and looks into the animal genomic evolution with the chromosomal-level assembly of the freshwater sponge Ephydatia Muelleri. The genomes of non-bilaterian metazoans are key to understanding the molecular basis of early animal evolution. However, a full comprehension of how animal-specific traits, such as nervous systems arose, is hindered by the scarcity and... show more

IGNITE research presents evidence for the anaerobic metabolism of single-celled benthic organisms

A research article recently published in the ISME journal presents new findings on the cellular adaptations of Foraminifera to anoxic environment. The paper called "Anaerobic metabolism of Foraminifera thriving below the seafloor" presents proof that the single-celled eukaryotes’ metabolic functions are stimulated in anoxic environments. Figure. Census count of foraminifera tests and corresponding geochemical profiles ... show more