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Reconstructing evolutionary history of major eukaryotic groups

Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships. We apply genome-scale data to explore phylogenetic relationships, and develop tools and methods to understand the evolution of complex traits in major eukaryotic groups. We are particularly interested in deep animal and fungi phylogeny, but also work on subgroups of eukaryotes including annelids and non-animal holozoans. I am also involved in the Y1000+ project ( to sequence the genomes from all living species of fungi subphylum Sacchromycotina (budding yeasts) to understand their phylogeny, ecology and biodiversity.