Salamanders are well known for their capacity to regenerate several body structures such as tail, limb, central nervous system, and tissues of the eye and heart. Among salamanders, the Ambystoma tigrinum complex (Ambystomatidae), a rapidly evolving clade of 17 closely related species ranging from southern Canada to central Mexico, has been focus of intensive research. In México, endemic species of ambystoma are found in the so called Transmexican Volcanic Belt (TVB), one of the regions of Mexico with the highest diversity and endemism (Ochoa-Ochoa & Flores-Villela, 2006). Mexican Ambystoma are recently diverged yet highly ecologically differentiated, showing complex patterns of speciation and historical introgression (Weisrock et al. 2006).

- Our group develops the multidisciplinary study of Mexican salamanders from the Ambystoma genus with focus on the molecular networks that define processes such as Metamorphosis, Regeneration and stemness.