|Dr. Cristian Solari
investigador adjunto, CONICET
We study, in an evolutionary ecologycal framework, the transition from unicellular organisms to multicellular ones with germ-soma differentiation, using the volvocine green algae as a model system. We have three research lines:
- The origin of multicellularity in Volvocales: We continue our previous work in our lab and with external collaborators using an interdisciplinary approach which includes mathematical modeling, physics (hydrodynamics), physiology, and comparative biology.
- Abundance, complexity, and temperature: Using the Monod and quemostat models as a theoretical framework, we are measuring the response to temperature in Volvocales of different size and complexity.
- Pollution, size, and complexity: We want to understand how the increase in size and complexity affects the response to a contaminant (e.g., arsenic) in Volvocales.