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Fidji Berio

PhD student
University of Montpellier

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During my PhD in Evo-devo, I describe and compare shark teeth to understand which genetic and physical factors, might control a specific tooth form acquisition. I mostly focus on scyliorhinid teeth (catsharks), which I microCT scan and include in 3D geometric morphometric analyses. I combine this descriptive approach with functional tests on teeth of Scyliorhinus canicula embryos to decipher the role of specific proteins in shaping a shark tooth.
Using histological sections, I also describe the diversity of calcified cartilage patterns in chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras) to provide insights into the evolutionary history of endoskeletal mineralisation in jawed vertebrates.

Keywords :

Chondrichthyans – Tooth morphology – Evo-devo – Skeletal mineralisation – Vertebral column

Directeur·ice(s) de thèse :

Nicolas Goudemand (IGFL, Lyon)