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Sophie Teullet

PhD student

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I am interested in understanding the link between the evolution of phenotypes and adaptations at the molecular level. More precisely, I am studying convergent adaptation to myrmecophagy (ants and/or termites’ consumption) in placental mammals (aardvark, anteaters, armadillos, pangolins, and aardwolf). I am using comparative genomics and metagenomics approaches. To characterize genomic adaptations linked to this diet, I am interested in the evolution of three gene families: mucins (MUCs), olfactory receptors (ORs) and taste receptors (TASRs). I am also studying the role of the gut microbiome. Using metagenomic sequencing data of faecal samples, I aim to identify microbial species and to reconstruct their genomes to characterize metabolic pathways of chitin degradation to understand the role of microbial species in preys’ digestion.

Keywords :

Molecular evolution – Convergent evolution – Metagenomics – Comparative genomics – Phylogenetics

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Additional roles and responsibilities :

– Member of the ISEM council 2021-2026

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.