Suzanne Saenko

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).

Selected publications

  • Amelanism in the corn snake is associated with the insertion of an LTR-retrotransposon in the OCA2 gene 

    Saenko S.V., Lamichhaney S., Martinez Barrio A., Rafati N., Andersson L., M. C. Milinkovitch

    Scientific Reports 5, 17118 (2015)

  • Photonic Crystals Cause Active Colour Change in Chameleons


    Teyssier J., Saenko S.V., van der Marel D., M.C. Milinkovitch

    Nature Communications 6, 6368 (2015)

  • Precise colocalization of interacting structural and pigmentary elements generates extensive color pattern variation in Phelsuma lizards

    Saenko S., Teyssier J., van der Marel D. & M. C. Milinkovitch

    BMC Biology 105, 11 (2013)