Dr Xavier Grau-Bové

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I received a BSc in Biotechnology at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona), before specializing in evolutionary biology with a MSc in Genetics and Developmental Biology at Universitat de Barcelona (2012). In 2017 I obtained a joint PhD from Universitat de Barcelona and Institut de Biologia Evolutiva of Universitat Pompeu Fabra. During this my PhD and ensuing post-doctoral stage, I worked in the comparative genomic analysis of animals and their closest unicellular relatives, aiming to pinpoint the evolutionary innovations linked with the emergence of multicellularity. In particular, I studied the evolution of signalling systems, the phylogenomic relationships among Holozoa, the recurrent complexification of genome architecture, and the origin of animal alternative splicing. These studies focused on macroevolutionary trends in genome evolution.

I am currently working on the analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data from insect disease vectors, with the aim of identifying sources of insecticide resistance in vector-bearing insect populations. As part of this larger objective, I am involved in the analysis of data from the Sanger Institute Anopheles gambiae 1000 genome project and GAARD, among others.
In particular, I study the role of alternative splicing in insecticide resistance in a variety of Anopheles mosquitoes. Alternative splicing of transcripts constitutes a fast-evolving layer of transcriptomic regulation that bears enormous potential to understand the sudden emergence of resistance mechanisms in natural mosquito populations.

Selected publications

  • Selected publications
    Grau-Bové X​, Torruella G, Donachie S, Suga H, Leonard G, Richards TA, Ruiz-Trillo I. Dynamics of genomic innovation in the unicellular ancestry of animals. eLife 2017 (10.7554/eLife.26036)

    Torruella G, De Mendoza A, ​ Grau-Bové X​ , Antó M, Chaplin MA, Campo J Del, et al. Phylogenomics Reveals Convergent Evolution of Lifestyles in Close Relatives of Animals and Fungi . Curr Biol. 2015;25: 1–7. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.07.053

    Grau-Bové X​, Sebé-Pedrós A, Ruiz-Trillo I. ​ The eukaryotic ancestor had a complex ubiquitin signalling system of archaeal origin. ​ Mol Biol Evol 2015; doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu334

    Sebé-Pedrós A, ​Grau-Bové X​ , Richards TA, Ruiz-Trillo I. ​ Evolution and classification of myosins, a paneukaryotic whole genome approach. ​ Genome Biol Evol 2014; 8(2)290-305.