Chema Martin-DURAN, sENIOR lecturer

Chema obtained his PhD at University of Barcelona studying the embryonic development of planarian flatworms. After his postdoctoral research at the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, he moved to Queen Mary University of London to establish a lab that combines his interests in developmental biology, animal evolution, and marine biodiversity.


Yan Liang, Postdoc

Yan got her PhD at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, studying the evolution and development of Collembola, a key group to understand the origins of insects. Now she is investigating the evolutionary and developmental mechanisms underpinning spiral cleavage from a gene regulation and ‘omic’ perspective.


Océane seudre, PhD student

Océane graduated from the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris with a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Biology, studying the evolution of sexual reproduction. She now jumps into evolutionary developmental biology to further understand the principles that shape biodiversity. Her PhD project explores the genetic, cellular, and evolutionary mechanisms that control spiralian embryogenesis.


Divya Vayda, undergraduate