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Pr. Michel C. Milinkovitch (PI)

  1. Contacts: Email. michel [dot] milinkovitch [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-6785; Fax. +41 22-379-6795.

  2. Michel Milinkovitch is Full Professor in the Department of Genetics & Evolution at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He is also a member of the Institute of Genetics and Genomics in Geneva (iGE3) since its foundation (2011) and a Group leader of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) since 2014. As an evolutionary geneticist, he contributed to quantitative analysis and modelling in Molecular Phylogenomics and Applied Evolutionary Genetics. He has developed concepts, analytical tools, and algorithms/models for multiple sequence alignments, phylogeny inference and haplotypic network building. His recent focus is on Evolutionary Developmental Genetics (Evo-Devo) and the Physics of Biology. He specialises on non-classical model species in reptiles and mammals and integrates data and analyses from comparative genomics, molecular developmental genetics, as well as computer modelling and numerical simulations. He has published over 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (including Nature, Nature Communications, Science, Science Advances, and PNAS) for a cumulate impact factor of nearly 900. He has also published 7 book chapters. He has given over 100 invited talks (as well as about 60 contributed talks/posters) all around the world. He has been reviewer for over 35 peer-reviewed international biology and physics journals and has served as external reviewer for academic promotions, grant proposals, and PhD committees in Europe and the USA. He has served, and is still serving, on the Editorial Board of scientific journals and has supervised 18 Ph.D. theses (six are under way). He is a member of the ERC (European Research Council) evaluation panel since 2015. Michel Milinkovitch obtained several prizes and awards both for his academic and popularisation work. He is the co-founder (November 2001) of the spin-off Delphi Genetics (see www.delphigenetics.com)
  3. 5 selected recent (>2010) publications:

  4. Manukyan, Montandon, Fofonjka, Smirnov & Milinkovitch
    A Living Mesoscopic Cellular Automaton Made of Skin Scales  
    Nature 544: 173-179 (2017) - doi:10.1038/nature22031

  5. Open Access Teyssier J., Saenko S.V., van der Marel D. & M.C. Milinkovitch.
    Photonic Crystals Cause Active Colour Change in Chameleons
    Nature Communications (2015)

  6. Di-Poï N. & M.C. Milinkovitch
    Crocodylians Evolved Scattered Multi-Sensory Micro-Organs
    EvoDevo 2013, 4:19

  7. Brykczynska, Tzika, Rodriguez & Milinkovitch
    Contrasted evolution of the vomeronasal receptor repertoires in Mammals and Squamate reptiles
    Genome Biology & Evolution 5: 389-401 (2013)

  8. Milinkovitch, Manukyan, Debry, Di-Poï, Martin, Singh, Lambert, Zwicker
    Crocodile Head Scales Are Not Developmental Units But Emerge from Physical Cracking
    Science 339, 78 (2013)




Dr. Athanasia Tzika (Αθανασία) (co-PI)

  1. Contacts: Email. athanasia [dot] tzika [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-6775.

  2. I graduated in June 2003 from the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, Greece (M.Sc. in Biology). I performed my PhD (October 2003-March 2008) at the University of Brussels (ULB) on conservation/population genetics. After a Post-Doc, I became Research Associate at the  LANE where I am directing research projects focusing on: (i) the evolutionary developmental mechanisms associated with the development of spines in mammals and scales in reptiles, and (ii) the evolution of the reptilian genomes, transcriptomes and proteomes.
    Hence, my current research interests include genetics, bioinformatics, comparative geno-/transcripto-/proteo-mics as well as ‘Evolutionary Developmental biology’ (Evo-Devo).
  3. 4 selected recent publications:

  4. Tzika A.C., Ullate-Agote A., Grbic D. & M. C. Milinkovitch
    Reptilian Transcriptomes v2.0: An Extensive Resource for Sauropsida Genomics and Transcriptomics
    Genome Biol. Evol.  7: 1827-1841 (2015)

  5. Montandon*, Tzika*, Martins, Chopard & Milinkovitch (*=co-first authors). Two Waves of Anisotropic Growth Generate Enlarged Follicles in the Spiny Mouse.
    EvoDevo 2014, 5: 33

  6. Ullate-Agote A., Milinkovitch M.C. & A.C. Tzika
    The genome sequence of the corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus), a valuable resource
    for EvoDevo studies in squamates
    Int. J. Dev. Biol. 58: 881-888 (2014)

  7. Brykczynska*, Tzika*, Rodriguez & Milinkovitch  (*=co-first authors)
    Contrasted evolution of the vomeronasal receptor repertoires in Mammals and Squamate reptiles
    Genome Biology & Evolution 5: 389-401 (2013)




POST-DOCS


Dr. Aleksandra Zabuga

  1. Contacts: Email. aleksandra [dot] zabuga [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-????.

  2. I obtained my MS degree in Physics from Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia in 2010.  During my master’s thesis I performed plasma spectroscopy and plasma temperature calculations in ‘Globus-M’, the first Russian spherical tokamak built at the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Science. In 2014, I received my PhD in Physical Chemistry from the EPFL (Switzerland). I continued working for one year as a post-doc at the EPFL to preform spectroscopy of biological molecules in the gas phase and quantum chemical calculations of peptide structures. Currently I am a post-doc at the LANE where I am working on reptilian skin structural colors and hydrophobicity.
  3. 3 selected publications:

  4. Zabuga, Kamrath, and Rizzo. Franck-Condon Like Progressions in Infrared Spectra of Biological Molecules
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A: submitted (2015)

  5. Zabuga & Rizzo. Capping Motif for Peptide Helix Formation
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 6, 1504-1508 (2015)

  6. Zabuga, Kamrath, Boyarkin & Rizzo. Fragmentation Mechanism of UV-excited Peptides in the Gas Phase
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 141, 154309 (2014)
           
    Highlighted in Physics Today 67, 11 (2014): UV light and peptides hit a triplet.


Dr. Gabriel N. Santos Durán

  1. Contacts: Email. gabriel [dot] santos [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-3106.

  2. I obtained my degree in Biology from Santiago de Compostela University (Spain) in 2008. Then I completed a master degree in Neurosciences from an Inter-university program in Spain (USC, UVigo, UDC) 2009. In 2015, I obtained my PhD in Neurosciences from USC. During my thesis, I studied the development and evolution of the vertebrate hypothalamus using the catshark Scyliorhinus canicula as a model organism. I started a Post-Doc at the LANE in June 2016 where I investigate skin development in reptiles in general and skin cracking in crocodilians in particular.
  3. 2 selected publications:

  4. Santos-Durán, Menuet, Lagadec, Mayeur, Ferreiro-Galve, Mazan, Rodríguez-Moldes & Candal. Prosomeric organization of the hypothalamus in an elasmobranch, the catshark Scyliorhinus canicula
    Front. Neuroanat. 9:37 (2015)

  5. Rodríguez-Moldes, Quintana-Urzainqui, Sueiro, Carrera, Ferreiro-Galve, Santos-Durán, Pose-Méndez, Mazan, Candal. Contributions of developmental studies in the dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula to the brain anatomy of elasmobranchs: insights on the basal ganglia
    Brain Behavior and Evolution 80: 127-4 (2012)




PhD STUDENTS

Djordje Grbic (Đorđe Grbić)

  1. Contacts: Email. Dorde.Grbic [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-6778.

  2. I graduated in July of 2011 at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. My Masters degree research project was on the use of heuristics and meta-heuristic applied to the problem of university exam timetabling. I joined the LANE in April 2012 for developing meta-heuristics for phylogeny inference in the framework of the MetaPIGA software.

  3. selected recent publications:

  4. Grbic, Saenko, Randriamoria, Debry, Raselimanana & Milinkovitch.
    Phylogeography and Support Vector Machine Classification of Colour Variation in Panther Chameleons
    Molecular Ecology (2015)

  5. Tzika, Ullate-Agote, Grbic & Milinkovitch. Reptilian Transcriptomes v2.0: an extensive resource for Sauropsida genomics and transcriptomics
    Genome Biol. Evol.  7: 1827-1841 (2015)


António Martins

  1. Contacts: Email. antonio [dot] martins [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-3045.

  2. I obtained my master's degree in physical engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon in 2012, with a thesis on astrophysics and general relativity. I joined the LANE in September 2013 to study and model the physical mechanisms involved in patterning skin appendages and skin colors in vertebrates.

  3. selected recent publications:

  4. Martins, Bessant, Manukyan & Milinkovitch.
    R2OBBIE-3D, a Fast Robotic High-Resolution System for Quantitative Phenotyping of Surface Geometry and Colour-Texture
    PLOS ONE (2015)

  5. Montandon, Tzika, Martins, Chopard & Milinkovitch. Two Waves of Anisotropic Growth Generate Enlarged Follicles in the Spiny Mouse.
    EvoDevo 2014, 5: 33


Asier Ullate-Agote

  1. Contacts: Email. Asier [dot] Ullate [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-6782

  2. I have achieved my degrees in Biology & Biochemistry at the University of Navarra (Spain). I completed my Master in Biology (orientation Bioinformatics) and then started in June 2014 a PhD (both under the supervision of Athanasia Tzika) at the LANE on  comparative genomics/transcriptomics/proteomics in non-model species. I obtained an iGE3 PhD salary award in November 2015.

  3. selected recent publications:

  4. Ullate-Agote, Milinkovitch & Tzika. The genome sequence of the corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus), a valuable resource for EvoDevo studies in squamates.
    Int. J. Dev. Biol. 58: 881-888 (2014)

  5. Tzika, Ullate-Agote, Grbic & Milinkovitch. Reptilian Transcriptomes v2.0: an extensive resource for Sauropsida genomics and transcriptomics
    Genome Biol. Evol.  7: 1827-1841 (2015)


Anamarija Fofonjka

  1. Contacts: Email. anamarija[dot]fofonjka[at]unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-6782

  2. I completed my Masters Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Zagreb in 2014. My master's thesis was about graph colouring problem and it’s application on mobile network optimisation. I started my PhD at the LANE in January 2015 to study development & evolution of skin-appendage and skin colour patterns in vertebrates.

  3. selected recent publications:

  4. Manukyan, Montandon, Fofonjka, Smirnov & Milinkovitch
    A Living Mesoscopic Cellular Automaton Made of Skin Scales  
    Nature 544: 173-179 (2017) - doi:10.1038/nature22031


Luis Miguel de Oliveira

  1. Contacts: Email. LuisMiguel [dot] DeOliveiraVilaca [at] unige.ch

  2. I received my Master's degree in Molecular & Biological Chemistry from the ‘Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’ (EPFL) in 2013. In parallel, I followed a Minor in Mathematics. My Master's project focused on simulations, by coupled reaction-diffusion ODEs, of electromechanical phenomena in the heart. I did a stage at the LANE on the development of stochastic heuristics for phylogeny inference (with Đ Grbić, PhD student).  I started a PhD (funded by SIB) at the LANE in April 2015 to develop numerical models of skin development.

  3. selected recent publications:

  4. None yet ^_^


Marcelle Arrigo

  1. Contacts: Email. Marcelle [dot] arrigo [at] unige.ch

  2. I complete my undergraduate studies in 2015 (Life Sciences and Technologies ) at ‘Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’ (EPFL). My Master's Project was based on the study of gene A3B's repression in human embryonic stem cells and on the loss of this regulation in some breast cancer cell lines. I started my PhD in the LANE in September 2015 on structural colours in reptiles.

  3. selected recent publications:
  4. None yet ^_^


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TECHNICAL STAFF

Carine Langrez (Lab technician)

  1. Contacts: Email. carine[dot]langrez [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-3640.

  2. I obtained in 2006 my master's degree equivalent in Biotechnologies at ESIL (France), a school for advanced study in engineering technology. I started my career in in vitro pharmacology in a small drug discovery company until 2013, followed by two years in a genomics team of a large drug development service company. I joined the LANE in 2016 for helping scientists in their EvoDevo and Physics of Biology projects.



Ingrid Burgelin (Lab technician)

  1. Contacts: Email. ingrid[dot]burgelin [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-3018.

  2. I obtained my technician degree in France in 1998. I spent 10 years in the Human Genetics lab at the University of Bordeaux. I was working in collaboration with researchers for the study of genetic diseases. When I moved to Geneva in 2009, I started working for Geneuro, a company developing treatments against diseases associated with human endogenous retrovirus expression.  In joined the LANE in 2016 for helping scientists in their EvoDevo and Physics of Biology projects.



Adrien Debry (animal manager)

  1. Contacts: Email. adrien [dot] debry [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-6902.

  2. I obtained by Bachelor Degree (Agro-industries & biotechnologies) in 2007 and joined the LANE when it was founded in 2008. I have always been fascinated by herpetology and I have bred multiple species of reptiles. In addition to my work at the bench (histology, etc), I am responsible for managing and breeding reptilian species in the LANE.

  3. I am also writing articles in herpetology magazines about breeding and management of reptiles.


Florent Montange (animal technician)

  1. Contacts: Email. florent[dot]montange [at] unige.ch; Tel. +41 22-379-3600.

  2. I obtained my bachelor in Biology (livestock breeding and patophysiology) at the University of Lyon in 2005 and my DESTA diploma of aquaculture (broodstock and hatchery management) at Montpellier in 2007.  I joined the LANE in 2014 to assist in the care of reptilian species.




Rosa Afonso (animal technician)

  1. Contacts: Tel. +41 22 37 93 600; Fax. +41 22-379-6795.

  2. I joined the LANE in 2009 and I am involved in the management, care and breeding of mammalian species.




ADMINISTRATION


Corinne Matthey, Secretary

  1. Contacts: Email. Corinne [dot] Matthey-Ebener [at] unige.ch;
    Tel. +41 22-379 6785; Fax. +41 22-379-6795.

  2. After business studies, I worded in the administrative departments of various companies in finance, pharmaceutical, and luxury jewelry industries. Since 1997, I am working in the department of Genetics & Evolution (previously, département of Zoologie) at the University of Geneva.




MASTER STUDENTS


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APPRENTICES (APPRENTIS) / TRAINEES (STAGIAIRES)



Valerie Haechler (apprentice lab technician)

  1. Contacts: valerie [dot] haechler [at] unige.ch 


Ines Ferreira (apprentice animal technician)

  1. Contacts: Ines [dot] Ferreira [at] unige.ch 


Ruben DaSilva (apprentice animal technician)

  1. Contacts: Ruben [dot] DaSilva [at] unige.ch 





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