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Ulrich Technau

University, Vienna | Austria

EMBO 2024

Tracing key bilaterian traits in cnidarians

My group is interested in the evolution and development of animal body plans. We have established the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis as a model organism among cnidarians to trace the origin of key bilaterian traits, such as bilaterality, triploblasty and central nervous system. We approach these questions using a range of methods including genomics, single-cell transcriptomics and classical developmental biology.

Keywords: EvoDevo / Cnidaria / Nematostella vectensis / body plan evolution / genome evolution

Subject area(s): Evolution & Ecology | Genomic & Computational Biology | Development