Daniel Ocampo Daza

Postdoctoral researcher (Evolutionary biology not elsewhere classified)

Uppsala, Sweden

My research involves using public genome data and bioinformatics tools to investigate the evolution of vertebrate neurobiological and endocrine gene families. I have studied the evolution of pituitary hormone systems, voltage-gated ion channels and visual systems; describing several new components of growth hormone and prolactin systems, oxytocin and vasopressin receptors as well as somatostatin receptors, and how the components of these gene families arose in vertebrate evolution. I focused on the effects of whole genome duplications and chromosome rearrangements by combining chromosomal analyses with molecular phylogenetics.


  • Differential Evolution of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels in Tetrapods and Teleost Fishes DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msq257
  • Evolution of the Growth Hormone-Prolactin-Somatolactin System in Relation to Vertebrate Tetraploidizations DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2008.03671.x
  • Evolution of the Vertebrate Paralemmin Gene Family: Ancient Origin of Gene Duplicates Suggests Distinct Functions DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041850
  • Evolution of the insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP) family in vertebrates DOI: 10.3389/conf.fendo.2010.01.00046
  • Expansion of transducin subunit gene families in early vertebrate tetraploidizations DOI: 10.1016/j.ygeno.2012.07.005
  • Major Genomic Events and Their Consequences for Vertebrate Evolution and Endocrinology DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2008.03659.x
  • The evolution of vertebrate somatostatin receptors and their gene regions involves extensive chromosomal rearrangements DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-231
  • The oxytocin/vasopressin receptor family has at least five members in the gnathostome lineage, inclucing two distinct V2 subtypes DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2011.10.011
  • Molecular evolution of somatostatin and urotensin II systems. DOI: 10.1530/JME-13-0274
  • The vertebrate ancestral repertoire of visual opsins, transducin alpha subunits and oxytocin/vasopressin receptors was established by duplication of their shared genomic region in the two rounds of early vertebrate genome duplications. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-13-238

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