The Milinkovitch Lab
Laboratory of Artificial & Natural Evolution - LANE

Welcome to the LANE website. 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 biological and physical processes generating this complex and diverse living world.

Central to our reasoning is that a proper understanding of morphogenesis cannot be achieved without integrating the physical constrains acting on the developmental and Darwinian processes. 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).

Our research requires integrating data and methods from comparative genomics, molecular developmental genetics, as well as physical experiments, mathematical modelling and numerical simulations.

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?

  • The LANE has a new website

    May 29th, 2017

    Thank you Gregory Loichot for building our new awesome website!

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  • The computing lizard on TV

    May 15th, 2017

    Our discovery of a living cellular automaton is on Swiss and Italian TV

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  • The computing lizard in The New York Times and other media

    May 14th, 2017

    Our discovery of a living cellular automaton is covered by multiple media

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  • We make the cover of NATURE

    April 13th, 2017

    The network of skin scales on the back of ocellated lizards form a living cellular automaton.

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