Caroline Albertin

albertincarrie01Caroline Albertin
Hibbitt Fellow
calbertin [at]

Research Interests:

Octopuses are fantastically weird animals: they have flexible, sucker-lined arms, three hearts, blue blood, and skin that can change color and texture in the blink of an eye. They also have the largest invertebrate nervous system, and complex camera-type eyes to rival our own. To better understand how octopuses and their cephalopod cousins, the squid and the cuttlefish, make these amazing and strange bodies, we can dive into their DNA, looking for genes that may be responsible for different features. We can then study how these genes are expressed to better understand their role in building the body plan.

Lab members:

Cheyenne Rodriguez (Research Assistant)
Ana Gabriel (Research Assistant)

Lab Alumni: Emily Garcia, Ophelie McIntosh (Masters student)


Crawford, K, Quiroz JFD, Koenig KM, Ahuja N, Albertin CB, Rosenthal JJR. 2020. Highly efficient knockout of a squid pigmentation gene. Current Biology. 30:3484-3490

Albertin CB, Simakov O. 2020. Cephalopod biology: at the intersection between genomic and organismal novelties. Annual Reviews of Animal Biosciences. 8:1.

da Fonseca RR, Couto A, Machado AM, Brejova B, Albertin CB, Silva F, Gardner P, Baril T, Hayward A, Campos A, Ribeiro ÂM, Barrio-Hernandez I, Hoving HJ, Tafur-Jimenez R, Chu C, Frazão B, Petersen B, Peñaloza F, Musacchia F, Alexander GC, Osório H, Winkelmann I, Simakov O, Rasmussen S, Rahman MZ, Pisani D, Vinther J, Jarvis E, Zhang G, Strugnell JM, Castro LFC, Fedrigo O, Patricio M, Li Q, Rocha S, Antunes A, Wu Y, Ma B, Sanges R, Vinar T, Blagoev B, Sicheritz-Ponten T, Nielsen R, Gilbert MTP. 2020. A draft genome sequence of the elusive giant squid, Architeuthis dux. GigaScience. 9(1):152

Ritschard E, Whitelaw B, Albertin CB, Cooke IR, Strugnell JM, Simakov O. 2019. Resolving cephalopod organismal complexity through coupled genomic evolutionary histories. Bioessays. 41:1900073

Briscoe SD, Albertin CB, Rowell JJ, Ragsdale CW. 2018. Neocortical association cell types in the forebrain of birds and alligators. Current Biology. 28(5)686-696

Sanchez G, Setiamarga DHE, Tuanapaya S, Tongtherm K, Winkelmann IE, Schmidbaur H, Umino T, Albertin C, Allcock L, Perales-Raya C, Gleadall I, Strugnell JM, Simakov O, Nabhitabhata J. Genus-level phylogeny of cephalopod using molecular markers: current status and problematic areas. PeerJ 6, e4331

Albertin CB, Ragsdale CW. 2018. More than one way to a central nervous system. Nature. 533(7686):34-36

Albertin CB, Simakov O, Mitros T, Wang YZ, Pungor JR, Edsinger-Gonzalez E, Brenner S, Ragsdale CW, Rokhsar DS. 2015. The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties. Nature. 524(7564):220-4.

Shigeno S, Parnaik R, Albertin CB, Ragsdale CW. 2015. Evidence for a cordal, not ganglionic, pattern of cephalopod brain neurogenesis. Zoological letters. 1(26)

Vidal EA, Villanueva R, Andrade JP, Gleadall IG, Iglesias J, Koueta N, Rosas C, Segawa S, Grasse B, Franco-Santos RM, Albertin CB, Caamal-Monsreal C, Chimal ME, Edsinger-Gonzales E, Gallardo P, Le Pabic C, Pascual C, Roumbedakis K, Wood J. 2012. Cephalopod culture: current status of main biological models and research priorities. Adv Mar Biol. 67:1-98

Albertin CB, Bonnaud L, Brown CT, Crookes-Goodson WJ, de Fonseca RR, Di Cristo C, Dilkes BP, Edsinger-Gonzales E, Freeman RM Jr., Hanlon RT, Koenig KM, Lindgren AR, Martindale MQ, Minx P, Moroz LL, Nödl MT, Nyholm SV, Ogura A, Pungor JR, Rosenthal JJ, Schwarz EM, Shigeno S, Strugnell JM, Wollesen T, Zhang G, Ragsdale CW. 2012. Cephalopod genomics: A plan of strategies and organization. Standards of Genomic Science. 7(1):175-88.

Hentschel DM, Mengel M, Boehme L, Liebsch F, Albertin C, Bonventre JV, Haller H, Schiffer M. Rapid screening of glomerular slit diaphragm integrity in larval zebrafish. 2007. Am J Renal Physiol. 293(5):F1746-F1750.