Aida Verdes


Born in Spain, Aida received her Masters in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology in 2011 and her BS in Biology in 2009, from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she worked on diverse marine biodiversity and conservation projects, ranging from the captive rearing and reintroduction of endangered seahorses in the Spanish coasts, to the systematics and evolution of polychaete worms. She is broadly interested in marine invertebrate evolution, including the evolutionarily convergence of striking traits such as bioluminescence or venom production. Aida moved to New York and joined CUNY’s PhD program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior in the fall of 2012. She joined the Holford Lab in June 2013 where she is applying transcriptomics, biochemical tools and phylogenetic methodologies to characterize and study the evolution of biofluorescence and bioluminescence in polychaete annelids and other marine organisms. She is also interested in venom evolution, and she is currently investigating putative toxins and venom protein homologs of several species of venomous marine worms.


Holford Laboratory at CUNY Hunter College