Formation and evolution of skin patterns

Principal Investigator: Marie Manceau, DR2 CNRS

Members of the laboratory work to identify the molecules and cell/tissue events underlying the patterning of developing tissues, with the long-term goal to better understand how these mechanisms underlie the diversity seen in natural patterns in the wild. To do so, they take advantage of natural variation in the avian skin pattern (distribution of color and feathers) and combine developmental studies with mathematical modelling and experimental biophysics.