Manuel Aranda

Associate Professor, Marine Science

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Red Sea Research Center


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, 2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, 2007
  • Ph.D., Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, 2006
  • Diploma, Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, 2001

Research Interests

​Dr. Aranda's main research interests lie in the development of functional genetic tools for reef building corals and other cnidarian model organisms that will allow the systematic analysis of the molecular processes governing symbiosis and coral bleaching. The coral-algal symbiosis hereby serves as a model system to address questions regarding the molecular basis of symbiosis in order to extend our knowledge on the mechanisms and factors determining the nature of symbiotic relationships i.e. mutualistic, commensalistic or parasitic. Central part of this research is the elucidation of the function of key proteins involved in the initiation, maintenance and breakdown of the symbiotic relationship in both partners.

Selected Publications

  • M. Aranda, M. K. DeSalvo, T. Bayer, M. Medina and C. R. Voolstra (2012). "Evolutionary insights into scleractinian corals using comparative genomic hybridizations". BMC Genomics 13:501 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-13-501
  • M. Aranda, A.T. Banaszak, T. Bayer, J. R. Luyten, M. Medina, C.R. Voolstra (2011). "Differential sensitivity of coral larvae to natural levels of ultraviolet radiation during the onset of competence". Molecular Ecology 20(14): 2955-2972
  • Tribolium Genome Sequencing Consortium (2008). "The genome of the model beetle and pest Tribolium castaneum". Nature 452(7190): 949-955.
  • H. Marquez-Souza*/ M. Aranda*, D. Tautz (2008). "A conserved role for hunchback in the trunk organization of insects". Development 135(5): 881-8.
  • J. Savard, H. Marquez‐Souza, M. Aranda, D. Tautz (2006). "A Segmentation Gene in Tribolium Produces a Polycistronic mRNA that Codes for Multiple Conserved Peptides". Cell 126(3): 559-69.​