The HydraGlue project is led by Dr. Marcelo Rodrigues a postdoctoral research of the Institute of Zoology at the University of Innsbruck. This project is hosted by Dr. Peter Ladurner and Prof. Bert Hobmayer both from the same institute above mentioned. We also count with the expertise of MSc. Willi Salvenmoser concerning on microscopy analysis. To strength the findings of this project we also collaborate with top leader researchers in the area of bioinformatics (Prof. Eugene Berezikov, ERIBA, The Nedherlands), mass spectroscopy (Dr. Herbert Lindner, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria), and carbohydrate staining (Dr. Patrick Flammang, University of Mons, Belgium).

The team from the Institute of Zoology is composed by:

Dr. Marcelo Rodrigues: After receiving his PhD in Zoology at 2012 by the University of Vigo, he is (since February 2013) carrying out his first postdoctoral associate position at the University of Innsbruck in the research group led by Dr. Peter Ladurner. Dr. Rodrigues enrolled in Ladurner’s group to work on flatworm adhesion by using functional genomics comprised of a wide range of molecular, proteomics, immunochemistry, and microscopy techniques. More recently Dr. Rodrigues had been granted with an Intra-European Fellowship under the 7th framework of the European Research Area for working on biological adhesion on Hydra magnipapillata. His publication records accounts to 10 articles all published in ISI journals and 1 book chapter. Two of them addresses aspects on biological adhesion and molecular biology techniques applied in biological adhesion. March last (2014) he has attended two practical courses of RNAseq bioinformatics (at the European Bioinformatics Institute, UK, and Bioinformatics and Genomics unit at Torino University, Italy). These two courses gave him a great knowledge on how to assemble and analyze RNAseq data. He also counts with 36 conference presentations which 13 are concerned on biological adhesion.

Dr. Peter Ladurner: Obtained his PhD at the University of Innsbruck (1999). Principally using molecular biology, immunocytochemistry, and microscopy, he is one of the leading researchers of biological adhesion in flatworms, regeneration and stem cells in invertebrate animals. He has produced more than fifty journal articles and book chapters on diverse areas such as systematics, taxonomy, anatomy, ecology, and molecular techniques. He is a pioneer in applying molecular biology tools to flatworm research, whose recent articles include the first gene knock down to the adhesive system in marine organisms, had been involved in the first protein sequence for biological adhesives, microscopy techniques, mono- polyclonal antibody production. He has co-authored book chapters on stem cells, and on electron microscopy techniques (Electron Microscopy of Model Systems, and serves/ed in numerous grant evaluation panels for national as well as in European/international (e.g. UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium) foundations. He has reviewed several articles for roughly seventeen journals, including Science, Bioeassays, and BMC Genomics, and has given invited lectures in venues in several countries (e.g., Oxford/UK, Villefranche/France). He is currently the recipient of a grant from the Austrian National Science Fund for a project titled “Bioadhesion Meets Functional Genomics”.

Prof. Bert Hobmayer: Using ultrastructural, cellular, and developmental genetic methods, he has extensive experience working on Hydra (>20 years), with a particular focus on transitions in the history of living organisms that have resulted in the immense diversification of animal body plans. Prof. Hobmayer is an internationally recognized scientist within the field of body plan evolution, as is attested by his publication list in high profile peer-review journals. He routinely acts as a reviewer for a wide range of journals, including Development and Developmental Biology, as well as for funding agencies, such as the German Science Fund DFO and Alexander von Humboldt-Shiftung, among others. The group also routinely hosts research visits from students based in external universities. He was the head of the Institute of Zoology at the University of Innsbruck for seven years, and currently acts as deputy of the institute. In addition, he is one of the three scientific coordinators of the Center for Molecular Biosciences Innsbruck (CMBI).

Mag. Willi Salvenmoser: He is the head of the microscopy facilities at the University of Innsbruck and is expert in the generating high-quality images and designing complex ultrastructural experiments.

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