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Professor GAITÁN-ESPITIA, Juan Diego (JD)

Professor GAITÁN-ESPITIA, Juan Diego (JD)

Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

BSc (Colombia); MSc (Spain); PhD (Chile)

    • 3917 3637
    • 2858 3477
    • KBSB 3S03

    Teaching Areas

    • Ecology
    • Evolution
    • Phylogenetics
    • Molecular Ecology
    • Quantitative genetics
    • Biostatistics
    • Physiology

    Research Interests

    • Phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation
    • Comparative environmental physiology
    • Evolutionary ecology
    • Functional Genomics: linking genotype to phenotype
    • Host-microbial interactions
    • Adaptive responses to climate change
    • Evolutionary dynamics of mitochondrial genomes

    Current Research

    • Eco-evolutionary dynamics in tropical marine ectotherms
    • Marine holobionts
    • Seascape genetics in the Indo-Pacific
    • Experimental evolution
    • Plasticity and local adaptation in highly fluctuating environments


    Research Team

    Mr Khan Cheung (RA)

    Mr Bovern Arromrak (PhD student)

    Mr Adrian Wong (MPhil student co-supervised)


    • Fellowship OCE postdoctoral research CSIRO Australia (2015-2018)
    • Fellowship postdoctoral research FONDECYT Chile (2013-2015)
    • Fellowship Duke University (2010)

    Publications and News

    • Gaitan-Espitia, JD., González-Wevar, C., Poulin, E., & Cardenas, L. Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Nacella limpets reveal novel evolutionary characteristics of mitochondrial genomes in Patellogastropoda. (Accepted: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution).
    • Bacigalupe L., Gaitan-Espitia, JD., Barria, A., Gonzalez, A., Aravena, M., & Sinervo, B. Natural selection on plasticity of thermal traits in a highly seasonal environment. (Accepted: Evolutionary Applications).
    • Nespolo R., Gaitan-Espitia, JD., Storey K, & Bozinovic, F. A functional transcriptomics analysis in the relict marsupial Dromiciops gliroides reveals adaptive regulation of protective functions during hibernation. (Accepted: Molecular Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/mec.14876).
    • Quintero-Galvis, JF., Paleo-Lopez, R., Solano-Iguaran, JJ., Poupin, MP., Ledger, T., Gaitán‐Espitia, JD., Antoł, A., Travisano, M., Nespolo, RF. Exploring the evolution of multicellularity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae under bacteria environment: an experimental phylogenetics approach. Ecology & Evolution, (Accepted).