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Mélanie Debiais-Thibaud

Lecturer
University of Montpellier

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Work interests

My research projects stems in the EvoDevo (evolutionary developmental genetics) discipline with special focus on the evolution of skeletal development in vertebrates. We question the evolution of skeletal tissues that arose more than 450 million years ago, through the characterization of embryogenesis in the lesser spotted catshark Scyliorhinus canicula. We explore the outcomes of this evolutionary history at the genomic, cell type and organ scales.
In addition, I teach classes within the Biology-Ecology department of the University, including embryology, genetics and zoology to undergrad and grad students.

Keywords :

EvoDevo – Shark – Skeleton – Morphogenesis

Additional roles and responsibilities :

– Coordinator of the Macroevolution and Development team at ISEM
– Head of Bachelor 3rd year teaching « Biology Ecology » at the University of Montpellier

The Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier (ISEM – University of Montpellier, CNRS, IRD, EPHE, CIRAD, INRAP) has been focusing research on biodiversity origins and dynamics and the associated evolutionary mechanisms.