Research

We adopt an evolutionary approach, aiming at responding the question of how the physiology of organisms constrains the way they evolve. We use the animal pigmentary system, which is responsible for the synthesis of the most common animal pigments (melanins), as a study model. This leads us to address basic evolutionary and ecological questions, but also to work to find applications to combat human diseases related to melanin synthesis.

We also investigate the function and evolution of less common (but fascinating) biological pigments such as porphyrins, as well as photosynthetic pigments that are incorporated and used by animals (carotenoids).

Melanins

Porphyrins

Carotenoids

Other research interests