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PREVIOUS MEMBERS OF THE LANE

Dr. Liana Manukyan (ლიანა) - Physicist/Computer Scientist

  1. I studied Physics at Tbilisi State University, Georgia. I then completed my Master in Computer Science at ETH Zurich.  I then obtained my PhD at the LANE in August 2016. My dissertation was about modeling variation & complexity in animal traits.


Dr. Sophie Montandon - Developmental Biologist

  1. I completed my Master in Milinkovitch’s lab on the convergent development of epidermal appendages in amniotes (with Dr. Athanasia Tzika). I then obtained my PhD at the LANE in June 2016. My dissertation was about Evolutionary Developmental Genetics of amniote skin appendage and coloration with special emphasis on squamate reptiles.


Dr. Suzanne Saenko (Сюзанна) - Developmental Biologist

  1. I studied Biology at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). I performed my PhD at the Institute of Biology in Leiden (with P. Brakefield and P. Beldade; 2005-2010) on the genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying the origin and diversification of colour patterns on butterfly wings. I then made a 3 years Post-Doc in Milinkovitch’s laboratory (LANE) where I investigated structural and pigmentary colours in reptiles. I am now doing a post-doc at the ‘Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Institut de Systématique, Evolution et Biodiversité’ (Paris, France).

Dr. Nicolas Di-Poi - Developmental Biologist

  1. I obtained my PhD (2000-2004) at the University of Lausanne, working on epithelial-mesenchymal interactions in mouse skin. I then performed a Post-Doc (2005-2009) in Denis Duboule’s laboratory at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) investigating Hox gene function, regulation and evolution in different vertebrate species including mice, lizards, and snakes. I then made a 3.5 years Post-Doc in Milinkovitch’s laboratory (LANE) where I investigated evolutionary developmental biology in reptiles. I am now a group leader in the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki (Finland).
Dr. Flavia Nunes - Evolutionary Biologist
  1. I completed my PhD (July 2009) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA. I studied biodiversity and long-distance connectivity in corals. I did a 2 years postdoc at the University of Rennes (France), looking at the response of microbial communities to controlled changes. I did a 2 years Post-Doc at the LANE where I studied the Evo-Devo of syndactyly in marsupials. I am now head of the Evolutionary Marine Ecology at the ‘Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer’ (University of Brest, France).

Dr. Urszula Brykczynska - Developmental Biologist
  1. I studied Biotechnology at the University of Warsaw (Poland). I then obtained my PhD in 2009 at the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland. During my PhD, I investigated the role of histone methylation in the transmission of epigenetic information via mouse and human spermatozoa. I did a 2 year Post-Doc at the LANE where I studied the  diversity, evolution, and expression pattern of the corn snake vomeronasal receptor repertoires. I am now working at Novartis (Basel) since November 2011.

Dr. Nicolas Navarro
- Developmental Biologist
  1. I worked almost two years in Milinkovitch’s lab to develop a prototype pipeline for the 3D scanning and color texture acquisition on reptiles under anesthesia. Since December 2011, I am working in the laboratory of Paleobiodiversity and Evolution in the ‘Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes’ in Dijon, France.


Dr. Raphaël Helaers - Computer Scientist
  1. I have worked in Milinkovitch’s group for about 5 years. I am now in the Laboratory of Human Molecular Genetics in the ‘de Duve Institute’ (Brussels, Belgium). I have actively participated to the development of MANTiS and MetaPIGA v2. I have also written several programs that make life easier in the lab (e.g., a LIMS database for managing/searching samples).



Emilio Castellucci - Master student

  1. I graduated with a degree in Biology at the University of Bologna, Italy. I did my Master in Biology (option Genetics, Development, and Evolution) on non-model organisms cell cultures at the University of Geneva under the direction of Athanasia Tzika at the LANE.


Catherine May - Research fellow

  1. I graduated from Arizona State University in Biological Sciences, where I researched musculoskeletal tissue morphogenesis. I joined the LANE in February 2014 to perform a research project on the biological mechanisms involved in the patterning of crocodile head scales.


Michel Bessant - Engineer

  1. I obtained my Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (1995) at ‘PolyTech Nantes’ (France).  I worked 15 years in the industry and developed expertise in hardware, electronics, automation, embedded processing, software control, optoelectronics, sensors and MEMS. I worked for nearly two years at the LANE where I developed hardware for the acquisition and analysis of high-resolution 3D geometry and texture of animals.


Rachel Turner - Bachelor visiting student

  1. I’m a UK citizen currently studying for a degree in Genetics with French at the University of Manchester. In the framework of an international exchange program, I have made a one-year internship at the LANE (September 2014 - August 2015) on the evolution and development of skin appendages in mammals.


Clélia Memmi - Master Student
  1. I graduated from the 'University of Lausanne' (Switzerland). I did a master in Milinkovitch’s laboratory on the development of snakes and lizards scales, working on a daily basis with Nicolas Di-Poï. I successfully defended my Master in June 2012 and I am now teaching in Swiss high schools.


Morgane Macheret - Master Student
  1. I graduated from the University of Geneva. I did a master in Milinkovitch’s laboratory under the supervision of Athanasia Tzika on the development of spines in multiple species of mammals. I successfully defended my Master in June 2102 and I now started a PhD in the laboratory of  Thanos Halazonetis at the University of Geneva.


Ricardo Kanitz - Master Student
  1. I graduated from the 'Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul' (Brazil). My master was on the conservation genetics of Cavia intermedia. My interest is in population and conservation genetics as well as human molecular evolution. In 2009, I obtained a one-year Swiss grant to work  in the LANE on Galápagos giant tortoises. I now started a PhD in the lab of J. Goudet at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.


Nadezhda Guevara - Master Student

  1. I graduated in Biology from the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Bolivia and gained some experience at the Molecular Biology lab in the CIFP - Simón Patiño Foundiation. I spent one year in the Genetics Development & Evolution master program at the University of Geneva and I performed a research project in Michel Milinkovitch’s lab under the supervision of Dr Suzane Saenko.


Leonardo Vega - Master Student

  1. I was a Master student in Biology (option Genetics, Development, and Evolution) at the University of Geneva from October 2014 until February 2016. My Master research project in Milinkovitch/Tzika lab was on the evolution and development of skin appendages in reptiles.


Chantal Gribaumont - Master Student

  1. I graduated in June 2009 (Master in bioinformatics; ULB, Belgium). I did a one year internship, under the supervision of Michel Milinkovitch, on the comparative performance analysis of phylogeny inference softwares, including the version 2 of MetaPIGA, developed in Milinkovitch’s lab.


Colin Vion - Animal Technician

  1. After a Master in Ecology, Biodiversity & Evolution (2009, Pierre & Marie Curie University, France), I worked 2 years as an animal keeper in a zoo associated with the French National Museum of Natural History. For two years (2012-2013), I managed animal colonies (especially reptilian species) and assisted researchers in their work at the LANE. I am now working at the animal park of Haute-Touche.


Barbara Pinheiro Tonneau - Lab Technician

  1. After obtaining my CFC (‘Certificat Fédéral de Capacité’) of technician in biology in 2010, I spent three years at the Geneva University Faculty of Medicine and two years at the LANE to assist researchers in Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EvoDevo).


Benjamin Barandun- Technician

  1. I am a biology technician at the University of Geneva since 1970. I have worked with multiple laboratory models such as the fruitfly Drosophila sp, amphibians of the genus Xenopus and different species of protists. During the period 2008-2011, I have helped the people at the LANE to establish colonies for new mammalian and reptilian models. I am now working with Prof. François Karch on Drosophila.





APPRENTICES / APPRENTIS / TRAINEES


Sylvain Jaquier (apprentice lab technician)

  1. Contacts: Sylvain [dot] Jaquier [at] unige.ch 


Maeva Terrapon (bachelor trainee)

  1. Contacts: Maeva [dot] Terrapon [at] etu.unige.ch  



Déborah Paolucci (apprentice lab technician)

  1. Contacts: Deborah [dot] Paolucci [at] unige.ch


Jessica Zaier (apprentice animal technician)

  1. Contacts: Jessica [dot] Zaier [at] unige.ch





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