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.


Allan Carrillo-Baltodano, Postdoc

Allan got his PhD at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, studying neural development in annelids. He is interested in how different modes of development and life histories evolved in marine invertebrates, and will pursue these questions using live imaging, functional analyses and ‘omic’ approaches across annelids.


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.



Giacomo graduated from the University of Milano-Bicocca with a Master’s degree in Biology, studying the distribution of Fe-S proteins in Archaea and Bacteria. He is now exploring the cellular and genetic mechanisms controlling bacterial symbiosis in siboglinid annelid worms, and how this peculiar symbiosis influenced the evolution and adaptation of these marine annelid worms.


Divya Vayda, Undergraduate

Divya is a 3rd year Biology student doing her research project on the regeneration ability of Owenia fusiformis, studying the morphological events leading to complete head formation after injury.