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Dr Jordi Paps Montserrat

Dr Jordi Paps Montserrat

Dr Jordi Paps Montserrat
BSc, MSc, PhD


Area of research

Genomic basis of major evolutionary transitions

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24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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I am an evolutionary biologist who combines comparative genomics and phylogenetics to understand major evolutionary transitions. I did my PhD and first postdoc in Barcelona (Spain). The topic of my PhD (Universitat de Barcelona, Dr Marta Riutort’s lab) was the molecular phylogeny of the Animal Kingdom, and my first postdoc (2009, Parc Científic de Barcelona; Dr Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo’s team) focused on the relationships between animals and their close eukaryote relatives. My second postdoc took me to the Department of Zoology (University of Oxford, Prof Peter W.H. Holland’s group), where I started a new research line on comparative genomics and gene family evolution to understand the origin and evolution of the Animal Kingdom.

In 2015 I joined the University of Essex as lecturer (2015), and later I moved to the University of Bristol (2019). Now I am expanding those analyses to other major transitions, like the origin of plants, animal parasites, or the evolution of animals with bilateral symmetry. More info at 

Activities / Findings

The history of life on Earth shows major evolutionary transitions, shifts in which new biological features emerged that dramatically changed the biology of organisms. The endless forms most beautiful we observe today are the result of these revolutions that shaped the biology of the planet. They include the origins of animals, plants, and parasites among many others.

In our lab we aim to unravel the molecular changes underlying these major transitions by analysing genomic data with comparative genomics and phylogenetics. The reconstruction of ancestral genomes and the understanding of the evolution of key gene families are essential to comprehend the genesis of adaptations and biological innovations. 


  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genomics
  • Phylogenetics
  • Organismal diversity


  • Comparative Genomics
  • Molecular phylogenetics



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