Laboratory of Artificial & Natural Evolution

Welcome to the Milinkovitch lab website (the Laboratory of Artificial & Natural Evolution — LANE). In a nutshell, our highly multidisciplinary team of biologists, bioinformaticians, physicists, computer scientists and mathematicians investigates the developmental and evolutionary mechanisms generating Life’s complexity and diversity (or maybe should I say ‘Life’s Beauty’). We investigate multiple non-classical model species, mainly reptiles and ‘exotic’ mammals, that can inform us on yet unknown exciting biological and physical processes generating this complex and diverse living world.

Central to our reasoning is that a proper understanding of the complexity and diversity of organismal forms cannot be achieved without integrating the physical constrains acting on the developmental and Darwinian processes. Our research requires integrating data and methods from comparative genomics, molecular developmental genetics, as well as physical experiments, mathematical modelling and numerical simulations. More specifically, we investigate the interactions between physical (mechanics, reaction-diffusion) and biological (cell signalling, proliferation) mechanisms that generate and constrain the variety and complexity of skin appendages (scales, hairs, spines), skin colours (pigmentary and structural), and skin colour patterns in tetrapods (four-limbed vertebrates).

Use the navigation bar at the top of the page, to explore our research topics (what we do), our scientific approach and animal models (how we do it), our scientific motivation (why we do it), and our team (who does it).

What's new?

  • Grigorii gets an award for excellence

    June 12th, 2018

    Grigorii Timin, PhD student at the LANE, gets an award to support his research.

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  • SIB, the movie: Swiss bioinformatics in action

    April 9th, 2018

    Bioinformatics is now essential to life science. But what is this discipline about? And who are the people behind it?

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  • HFSP kick-off meeting in Geneva

    January 22nd, 2018

    University of Cambridge, University of Massachusetts Amherst and UNIGE will meet January 22-23 in Geneva

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  • Nature News & Views: 2017 in research

    January 8th, 2018

    An article reporting results from the LANE is one of the 7 ‘News & Views’ selected from this year by the editors of Nature.

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