Dr Miguel Salinas-Saavedra

Miguel is a Long-Term HFSP fellow. He is interested in the evolution of cell specification mechanisms. He obtained his B.Sc and M.Sc in Biological Sciences at the University of Chile. In 2018, Miguel completed his Ph.D. at the University of Florida (USA) where he studied the evolution of cell polarity using cnidarians and ctenophores as model organisms. In 2019 Miguel joined the Frank lab to investigate the mechanisms of cell dedifferentiation during regeneration in the colonial cnidarian Hydractinia. Outside of the lab, Miguel spends his time playing music and exploring the outdoors.

You can find more about Miguel’s research and follow him here!
Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Miguel_Salinas-Saavedra
Twitter: @m_ssaavedra
email: miguel.salinas-saavedra@nuigalway.ie

Salinas-Saavedra M, Rock AQ, Martindale MQ (2018). Germ layer-specific regulation of cell polarity and adhesion gives insight into the evolution of mesoderm. eLife 7. pii: e36740. doi: 10.7554/eLife.36740.

Servetnick MD, Steinworth B, Babonis LS, Simmons D, Salinas-Saavedra M, Martindale MQ (2017). Cas9-mediated excision of Nematostella brachyury disrupts endoderm development, pharynx formation and oral-aboral patterning. Development 144(16):2951-2960. doi: 10.1242/dev.145839.

Salinas-Saavedra M, Stephenson TQ, Dunn CW, Martindale MQ (2015). Par system components are asymmetrically localized in ectodermal epithelia, but not during early development in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. EvoDevo 6:20. doi: 10.1186/s13227-015-0014-6.

DuBuc TQ, Dattoli AA, Babonis LS, Salinas-Saavedra M, Röttinger E, Martindale MQ, Postma M (2014). In vivo imaging of Nematostella vectensis embryogenesis and late development using fluorescent probes. BMC Cell Biology 15:44. doi: 10.1186/s12860-014-0044-2.

Botelho JF, Ossa-Fuentes L, Soto-Acuña S, Smith-Paredes D, Nuñez-León D, Salinas-Saavedra M, Ruiz-Flores M, Vargas AO (2014). New developmental evidence clarifies the evolution of wrist bones in the dinosaur-bird transition. PLoS Biology 12(9):e1001957. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001957.

Salinas-Saavedra M, Gonzalez-Cabrera C, Ossa-Fuentes L, Botelho JF, Ruiz-Flores M, Vargas AO (2014). Front Zool 11(1):33. doi: 10.1186/1742-9994-11-33.

Salinas-Saavedra M, Vargas AO (2011). Cortical cytasters: a highly conserved developmental trait of Bilateria with similarities to Ctenophora. EvoDevo 2:23. doi: 10.1186/2041-9139-2-23.