Jordi Paps Montserrat

ERC post-doctoral researcher, J.W. Jenkinson Laboratory for Evolution and Development


Research Interests

     I am an evolutionary biologist fascinated by the causes that underlie the origins and diversity of the Animal Kingdom. I am interested in the evolution of animals, their systematics, body plans and their genomes. My primary focuses are molecular phylogenetics and comparative genomics, but I am also fond of zoology (especially “invertebrates”), genetics, molecular biology, developmental biology, evodevo, phylogeography and biodiversity.

     Some of the organisms I have worked on are multicellular animals (Metazoa), the Opisthokonta (eukaryote super-group including animals, fungi and choanoflagellates among other lesser known but important groups), the super-clade Lophotrochozoa, the Platyhelminthes (free-living flatworms such as planarians, but I also have worked on parasitic ones), the puzzling Acoela and Nemertodermatida (the Acoelomorpha), the enigmatic Xenoturbella, the beautiful Chaetognatha, the amazing Gastrotricha and the Pacific oyster.






Selected Publications

  • •Zhang et al (Pacific Oyster Consortium) (2012). The Oyster Genome Reveals Stress Adaptation And Complexity Of Shell Formation. Nature 490,49–54

    Jordi Paps, Luis Antonio Medina-Chacón, Wyth Marshall, Hiroshi Suga & Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo (2012). A Molecular Phylogeny Of Apusozoa And Opisthokonts. In press In Protist, 12 September 2012.

    Jordi Paps, Peter W.H. Holland, Sebastian M. Shimeld (2012). A Genome-Wide View Of Transcription Factor Gene Diversity In Chordate Evolution: Less Gene Loss In Amphioxus? Briefings In Functional Genomics 11(2):177-186.

    • Cristina González-Estevez, Daniel Felix, Mathew Smith, Jordi Paps, Simon Morley, Victoria James, Tyson Sharp & A. Aziz Aboobaker (2012). SMG-1 Restricts Response To Injury And Growth Through An Evolutionary Conserved Suppression Effect On Mtor Signaling. PLoS Genetics 8(3): E1002619.

    Jordi Paps & Marta Riutort (2012). Molecular Phylogeny Of The Phylum Gastrotricha: New Data Brings Together Molecules And Morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63:208-212.

    • Guifre Torruella, Romain Derelle, Jordi Paps, B. Franz Lang, Andrew J. Roger, Kamram Shalchian-Tabrizi & Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo (2012). Phylogenetic Relationships Within The Opisthokonta Based On Phylogenomic Analyses Of Conserved Single Copy Protein Domains. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29 (2): 531-544.

    Jordi Paps, Jaume Baguñà & Marta Riutort (2009). Bilaterian Phylogeny: A Broad Sampling Of 13 Nuclear Genes Provides A New Lophotrochozoa Phylogeny And Supports The Ecdysozoan Nature Of Chaetognatha. Molecular Biology and Evolution 26(10):2397-2406.

    Jordi Paps, Jaume Baguñà & Marta Riutort (2009). Lophotrochozoa Internal Phylogeny: New Insights From An Up To Date Analysis Of Nuclear Ribosomal Genes. Proceedings Of The Royal Society Of London, Series B 276:1245-1254. (Highly cited article, granted Open Access status)

    • Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, Jordi Paps, Mercè Loukota, Carles Ribera, Ulf Jondelius, Jaume Baguñà & Marta Riutort (2002). A Phylogenetic Analysis Of Myosin Heavy Chain Type II Sequences Corroborates That Acoela And Nemertodermatida Are Basal Bilaterians. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences USA 17:11246-11251.