Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates

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IGNITE research presents findings related to early animal evolution

A research article with participation from IGNITE researchers Paschalis Natsidis and Prof. Max Telford, titled “Lack of support for Deuterostomia prompts reinterpretation of the first Bilateria” was published in the open access multidisciplinary journal Science Advances. It presents findings which have important implications for the understanding of early animal evolution. The authors of the article study the phylogenetics of Bilat... show more

IGNITE's 4th Network Wide Training Event (online)

A report prepared by IGNITE student representatives   IGNITE just held its fourth Network Wide Training Event (NTE) from 1 to 4 February 2021. Virtual for the first time, the training was organised by Prof. Agostinho Antunes (B2-CIIMAR) and attended by all ESRs. With the goal to enhance academic knowledge and practical skills, the workshop included a hands-on scientific writing workshop, as well as lectures taught by project beneficiarie... show more

IGNITE now on YouTube: Learning materials on high performance computing and phylogenetics

IGNITE has recently launched a YouTube channel, containing learning materials on high performance computing and phylogenetics. Prof Alexandros Stamatakis, Group leader on Computational molecular evolution at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and supervisor on the IGNITE ESR Project 9: Auto-tuned & flexible phylogenetic likelihood calculations recorded a number of online educational videos. A total of ten clip... show more

Blog post: COVID-19 impact on IGNITE ESR projects

The global pandemic has been an unfortunate consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak, which affected numerous sectors of our everyday life. Now, a few months after it all began, the IGNITE PhD students share how the pandemic and the resulting lockdown affected their work and life. Fortunately, although being restricted from laboratory access, the majority of the students’ work has not been severely affected. By utilising numerous means of virtu... show more

IGNITE blogpost: the OMICS data paper

“Omics” studies explore the biology of organisms by studying their different molecular components. Hence, omics data can include information about the genome itself ((meta)genomics), transcription products ((meta)transcriptomics), protein products ((meta)proteomics), metabolic products ((meta)metabolomics) and more. Most of the projects in IGNITE aim to generate and analyse omics datasets as part of their research into the phylogeneti... show more