Funded Projects

Funded projects

2014-2016: “Genomic architecture of speciation: the role of chromosomal rearrangements” together with Dr. Katja Nowick, University of Leipzig. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

2014: “OBTUSALIS – Genetic differentiation and hybridization between flat periwinkles in Swedish shores” together with Kerstin Johannesson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden). Funded by Assemble (Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories –

2013-2016: Project funded by iDiv – German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research) entitled:Accelerated Evolution in Chromosomal Rearrangements and Speciation in Lacertid Lizards. PI: Martin Schlegel, University of Leipzig; CO-PIs: Peter Stadler, University of Leipzig; Katja Nowick, University of Leipzig; Klaus Henle, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research; and Rui Faria (CIBIO, University of Porto).
2013-2014: Genomic distribution of nucleotide and expression divergence in mammals: the relative importance of chromosomal rearrangements in diversification. (Collaborative project between Katja Nowick, University of Leipzig and Rui Faria financed by FCT and DAAD)


Local chromosomal environment and spatial organization of the genome may affect divergence in coding sequence and in regulatory regions, causing differences in gene expression that may be correlated with hybrid sterility and/or inviability, and therefore, with speciation. The main goal of this study is to understand the relationship between chromosomal rearrangements (CRs) and sequence as well as gene expression divergence, and their role in the origin of species. PIs: Rui Faria and Katja Nowick.


2013: “Study of genetic and ecological mechanisms involved in the formation of Littorina fabalis ecotypes along the Swedish coast”, together with Kerstin Johannesson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden). Funded by Assemble (Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories –

___________________________________________________2011-2015: The paths of parallel evolution and their genetic crossroads (2011-2014). Financed by FCT (PTDC/BIA-EVF/113805/2009), Portugal

This project seeks to clarify the nature of the genetic variation responsible for parallel evolution and ecological speciation.The principal investigator (PI) has established an international collaboration to study the genetic basis of parallel speciation in L. fabalis. Benefiting from the experience of well established research groups studying ecological speciation in littorinid species, the scientific merit and innovative nature of this project from an international standpoint offers a good opportunity for Portuguese institutions and scientists to occupy an important niche within European science. The project will employ an innovative sampling design and a multidisciplinary approach focusing on ecology, morphology, genomics, transcriptomics and modelling, with the aim of identifying and characterizing loci under disruptive selection among ecotypes in different geographic regions. This will allow us to shed light on the genetic mechanisms of ecotype evolution and more specifically, to understand if parallel divergent evolution evolves through the same genetic paths. In other words, how repeatable is ecotype evolution?

PI: Rui Faria
Research Team:
Rui Faria (CIBIO); Petri M. Kemppainen (University of Manchester); Alexandra Sá-Pinto (CIBIO); Emilio Rolan-Alvarez (University of Vigo); Fernando Lima (CIBIO); Antonio Gabaldón (CRG); Katja Nowick (University of Leipzig); Christine Altenrath (University Max Planck Institute- Cologne); Sandra Neto (CIBIO); Graciela Sotelo (CIBIO); Juan Galindo (University of Vigo); Roger Kenneth Butlin (University of Sheffield)

Stuart Baird (CIBIO); Kerstin Johannesson (University Gothenburg)


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