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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Luis Alberto Bezares Calderon

Dr Luis Alberto Bezares Calderon

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Living Systems Institute S02.07


Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD



2018-present Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
2012-2018 International PhD program at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (MPI-DB), Germany
2009-2012 MSc in Molecular Biosciences with focus on Developmental Biology, Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg, Germany
2005-2009 Undergraduate Program in Genomic Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
2004-2005 Bachelor in Biology (1st and 2nd Semester), UNAM

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Research interests

Sensory systems, animal behaviour, protist behaviour and the evolution of nervous systems

Research projects

Neuronal mechanisms of the startle response

Function and evolution of mechanosensory systems

Neuronal mechanisms of the barokinesis response

Neuronal mechanisms of the rheotaxis response

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Journal articles

Özpolat BD, Randel N, Williams EA, Bezares-Calderón LA, Andreatta G, Balavoine G, Bertucci PY, Ferrier DEK, Gambi MC, Gazave E, et al (2021). The Nereid on the rise: Platynereis as a model system. Evodevo, 12(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Bezares-Calderón LA, Berger J, Jékely G (2020). Diversity of cilia-based mechanosensory systems and their functions in marine animal behaviour. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 375(1792). Abstract.  Author URL.
Kenny NJ, Francis WR, Rivera-Vicéns RE, Juravel K, de Mendoza A, Díez-Vives C, Lister R, Bezares-Calderón LA, Grombacher L, Roller M, et al (2020). Tracing animal genomic evolution with the chromosomal-level assembly of the freshwater sponge Ephydatia muelleri. Nat Commun, 11(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Verasztó C, Gühmann M, Jia H, Rajan VBV, Bezares-Calderón LA, Piñeiro-Lopez C, Randel N, Shahidi R, Michiels NK, Yokoyama S, et al (2018). Ciliary and rhabdomeric photoreceptor-cell circuits form a spectral depth gauge in marine zooplankton. Elife, 7 Abstract.  Author URL.
Bezares-Calderón LA, Berger J, Jasek S, Verasztó C, Mendes S, Gühmann M, Almeda R, Shahidi R, Jékely G (2018). Neural circuitry of a polycystin-mediated hydrodynamic startle response for predator avoidance. Elife, 7 Abstract.  Author URL.
Verasztó C, Ueda N, Bezares-Calderón LA, Panzera A, Williams EA, Shahidi R, Jékely G (2017). Ciliomotor circuitry underlying whole-body coordination of ciliary activity in the Platynereis larva. Elife, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.
Bezares-Calderón LA, Jékely G (2016). Think small. Elife, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.
Shahidi R, Williams EA, Conzelmann M, Asadulina A, Verasztó C, Jasek S, Bezares-Calderón LA, Jékely G (2015). A serial multiplex immunogold labeling method for identifying peptidergic neurons in connectomes. Elife, 4 Abstract.  Author URL.
Randel N, Shahidi R, Verasztó C, Bezares-Calderón LA, Schmidt S, Jékely G (2015). Inter-individual stereotypy of the Platynereis larval visual connectome. Elife, 4 Abstract.  Author URL.
Gühmann M, Jia H, Randel N, Verasztó C, Bezares-Calderón LA, Michiels NK, Yokoyama S, Jékely G (2015). Spectral Tuning of Phototaxis by a Go-Opsin in the Rhabdomeric Eyes of Platynereis. Curr Biol, 25(17), 2265-2271. Abstract.  Author URL.
Randel N, Asadulina A, Bezares-Calderón LA, Verasztó C, Williams EA, Conzelmann M, Shahidi R, Jékely G (2014). Neuronal connectome of a sensory-motor circuit for visual navigation. Elife, 3 Abstract.  Author URL.
Randel N, Bezares-Calderón LA, Gühmann M, Shahidi R, Jékely G (2013). Expression dynamics and protein localization of rhabdomeric opsins in Platynereis larvae. Integr Comp Biol, 53(1), 7-16. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bezares-Calderon LA, Becerra A, Salinas LS, Maldonado E, Navarro RE (2010). Bioinformatic analysis of P granule-related proteins: insights into germ granule evolution in nematodes. DEVELOPMENT GENES AND EVOLUTION, 220(1-2), 41-52.  Author URL.

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