Join us at BIYSC! If you were to discover a new species, what would you name it?
By Jordi Lanuza (Communications Manager at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), BIYSC Coordinator of the project “Uncovering the hidden diversity of the oceans”.
For more than 3 billion years, single-celled organisms were alone on Earth. Then, cells organized themselves into new three-dimensional structures and began to split up the tasks of life. In fact, every animal that has lived since then evolved from one of those pioneers. How did life make this spectacular jump from unicellular simplicity to multicellular complexity?
“We study the processes and mechanisms that generate biodiversity and try to understand the genetic basis of the difference among species and within species.”
At the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), the Multicellgenome lab tries to answer this question by looking for unicellular species with complex life cycles that include one or more stages when the microorganism is formed by more than one cell. Indeed, those organisms are the most closely related to multicellular species. This research often brings scientists to extreme or exotic environments in the search of new species that have never been studied or even seen before. Can you imagine yourself discovering a new species? What would you name it?
In the practical course “Uncovering the hidden diversity of the oceans” of the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) you will be the first one to study a new species of Sphaeroforma that was isolated from the gut of a crustacean from the Arctic Ocean. You will use in vivo imaging techniques in parallel with molecular studies with the goal of fully characterizing this unknown microorganism. What are you waiting for? Join us at the IBE (CSIC-UPF) and discover what being a real scientist is all about.
IBE (CSIC-UPF) is located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) and the Mediterranean Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CMIMA)
Join us at BIYSC! Do you dare to work with cutting edge techniques regularly used in the field of Microbiology and Evolutionary Biology? Learn how to isolate, culture and characterise new species of marine microorganisms. APPLY NOW!
BIYSC is an International Scientific Challenge programme, that aims to connect the most passionate science students with the best researchers in their field. Registrations are open, do not lose your place! If you like science and you are between 16-19 years-old you cannot miss BIYSC from July 11th to 22nd 2016 in #Barcelona! 10 projects, 10 #research centers, two weeks of practical courses to work in research centers side-by-side with researchers, #scientific conferences, debates, visits to the research centers and much more! Are you in? www.biysc.org
The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) is a joint institute between the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which was created in 2008 in Barcelona. It is currently growing to become an international reference in the field, with plans to host 40-50 groups doing research in evolution. Researchers at the IBE study the processes and mechanisms that generate biodiversity, including topics such as genetic and molecular evolution, population biology, complex systems biology and the recovery of ancient DNA.
Director of the center: Xavier Bellés Renowed Researcher: Iñaki Ruiz
- Since 2014, IBE ranks in the SCIMAGO Worldwide Rankings of Universities and Research Institutes in terms of Excellence and Q1 – Ratio of publications indicators, being the second institute devoted to Evolutionary Biology in the world.
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