What we do

We combine Evolutionary and Developmental Biology as well as genomic approaches with the study of physical processes to understand the mechanisms generating life’s complexity and diversity. The self-organizational capabilities of tissues are pertinent to EvoDevo at multiple spatial scales. We aim to understand the interactions between physical (e.g., mechanics, reaction diffusion) and biological (e.g., cell signalling, proliferation, migration) parameters, which generate patterns and shapes during development. Our multidisciplinary team includes Evolutionary and Developmental Biologists, Physicists, Mathematicians, Computer Scientists and Engineers.

Find out about the Group’s activities

Main publications 2020

  • Ullate-Agote A et al.
    Genome mapping of a LYST mutation in corn snakes indicates that vertebrate chromatophore vesicles are lysosome-related organelles
    PNAS, 10.1073/pnas.2003724117
  • Zabuga A V et al.
    Translucent in air and iridescent in water: structural analysis of a salamander egg sac
    Soft Matter, 10.1039/c9sm02151e


University geneva

Michel Milinkovitch
Artificial & Natural Evolutionary Development of Complexity Group
University of Geneva
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Domain(s) of activity:

  • Systems biology
  • Biophysics
  • Comparative genomics
  • Evo-Devo
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Experimental biology
  • Machine learning
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Phylogeny
  • Software engineering
  • Transcriptomics

Domain(s) of application:

  • Basic research