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Computational Biology and Population Genomics - CoBiG2

Isabel Marques

Post-Doc Researcher

Evolution Isolation mechanisms Hybridization Plant speciation Polyploidy

I received a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Lisbon in 2010 and I am currently working in the Computational Biology and Population Genomics Group CoBiG2 of cE3c. Understanding how biological diversity has evolved is a question that has greatly influenced the development of my career. Because evolutionary questions are usually quite complex, I generally apply multidisciplinary approaches seeking state-of-art methodologies (e.g., modeling, crossing/pollination programmes, genetics and lately ‘Omic’ tools) to make inferences about the evolution of lineages, and most especially on the roles of hybridization and polyploidy on species diversification and extinction.

I have collaborations in multiple countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Russia, Spain, UK and USA, where I am currently involved in the training of students. I am also on the Editorial Board of two International Journals (International Journal of Agronomy and Mediterranean Botany).

My interests span across species biology (structure, function, diversity, genetics, evolution, systematics) including all levels of organization (molecular to ecosystem) and all plant groups and allied organisms (cyanobacteria, algae, fungi, and lichens). Plants have changed our World since they first appear. The origin of plants led to crucial changes in the environment initiating the conditions necessary to the development of other organisms while progressively adapting to extreme conditions. They have, therefore, a set of unique skills that we need to unlock to allow our own survival in the future, a goal that I intend to persecute in the next years.

For more information on my research and on past and current collaborations see: https://isabelmarquesevolution.wordpress.com/

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