Various mutational processes create and remove genes. The size of a gene family can be conserved or highly dynamic.
We are interested in the fate of some gene families according to:
- cooption into new functions,
- loss of functions,
- adaptive processes in which they are involved.
Two major axes of research are explored within this framework:
- Molecular and functional evolution of transcription factors involved in the development of vertebrates,
- Molecular adaptation of digestive enzymes in metazoans.
Molecular evolution, gene families, adaptation, development, Evo-Devo, transcription factors, amylase, drosophila, insects, vertebrates, metazoans, Scyliorhinus canicula, Danio rerio, Oryzias latipes, Neoceratodus forsteri, Astyanax mexicanus.
Non permanent members
Past members of the team :
- Patrick Laurenti, Lecturer (2004 – 2017), Odontogenesis and squelettogenesis in vertebrates: morphological and molecular approaches.
- Julien Fumey, PhD student (2013 – 2016), Tempo and mode of the evolution of the cave populations of the Astyanax mexicanus species.
- Romain Nattier, ATER at university Paris Diderot (Paris 7) (2011 – 2013). Phylogeography of the gambusies of Cuba: cryptic species and adaptations to the extreme environments.
- Jessy Castellanos Gell, PhD student (2008 – 2012). Population genetics of three reef fishes around Cuba (Stegastes partitus, Haemulon flavolineatum, Acanthorus bahianus).
- Silvan Oulion, PhD student (2007 – 2010). Evolution of the genes Hox and ParaHox to vertebrates.
- Alan Pradel, ATER at uiversity Paris Diderot (Paris 7) (2008 – 2010). Phylogeny and et evolution of chondrichtyens.
- Cushla Metcalfe, resarch associate CNRS (2006 – 2009). Organization of a dipneuste (Neoceratodus forsteri) genomic.
- Mélanie Debiais-Thibaud, PhD student (2004 – 2008). Evolution of the dental structures: comparative Approaches of the molecular mechanisms of the development.