Di-Poi Group

    Contact:
    Nicolas Di-Poi
    Group Leader
    Tel: +358-50-4160551
    Fax: +358-29-4159930
    Email: nicolas.di-poi -at- helsinki.fi

    Institute of Biotechnology
    Research Program in Developmental Biology
    P.O. Box 65
    00014 University of Helsinki

    Street address:
    Viikinkaari 1, Biocenter 3
    00710 Helsinki

 

 

 

 

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Lab Members

Group Leader - Academy Research Fellow
Nicolas Di-Poi, PhD

- Master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology (2000), University of Grenoble (France)
- PhD in Life Sciences with Prof. W. Wahli (2005), University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
- Postdoctoral Fellow in Evo-Devo with Prof. D. Duboule (2005-2009), University of Geneva (Switzerland)
- Maître-Assistant in Evo-Devo with Prof. M.C. Milinkovitch (2010-2013), University of Geneva (Switzerland)


Postdoctoral Fellow
Imran Khan, PhD

Imran obtained his PhD on Genomics and Evolution at University of Porto (Portugal) in December 2014. He is interested in the evolution of genes and proteins involved in development and adaptation of vertebrates. He is currently doing his Postdoc on Evo-Devo.

Selected publications:
- Almeida D*, Maldonado E*, Khan I*, Silva L, Gilbert MT, Zhang G, Jarvis ED, O'Brien SJ, Johnson WE & Antunes A. Whole-genome identification, phylogeny, and evolution of the cytochrome P450 family 2 (CYP2) subfamilies in birds. Genome Biology and Evolution 8: 1115-1131 (2016)
- Khan I, Yang Z, Maldonado E, Li C, Zhang G, Gilbert MT, Jarvis ED, O'Brien SJ, Johnson WE & Antunes A. Olfactory Receptor Subgenomes Linked with Broad Ecological Adaptations in Sauropsida. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32(11): 2832-2843 (2015)
- Zhang G, Li C, Li Q, Li B, Larkin DM, Lee C, Storz JF, Antunes A, ... Khan I ... Wang J. Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation. Science 346: 1311-1320 (2014)


PhD student
Simone Macrì

Simone obtained his Master’s degree in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pisa (Italy). Before joining our lab as a PhD student he also worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Pisa (Italy), studying embryogenesis and neural crest dynamics in the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis.

Selected publications:
- Macrì S, Simula L, Pellarin I, Pegoraro S, Onorati M, Sgarra R, Manfioletti G & Vignali R. Hmga2 is required for neural crest specification in Xenopus laevis. Developmental Biology 411(1): 25-37 (2016)
- Macrì S, Sgarra R, Ros G, Maurizio E, Zammitti S, Milani O, Onorati M, Vignali R & Manfioletti G. Expression and functional characterization of Xhmg-at-hook genes in Xenopus laevis. PLoS One 8(7):e69866 (2013)

PhD student
Julia Eymann

Julia received her Master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich (Germany), working on the expression of interferon-induced genes during preimplantation period in the bovine uterus. She developed a keen interest in the molecular mechanisms of development during her Master’s thesis and is currently doing her PhD on Evo-Devo.

PhD student
Fabien Lafuma

Fabien obtained a joint Master’s degree in Paleontology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) and Institute of Biotechnology (Finland), working on the evolution of tooth complexity in vertebrates using fossil and modern data. He is currently continuing this project as a PhD student.

PhD student
Lotta Salomies

Lotta obtained her Master’s degree in Genetics in our lab at the University of Helsinki. She is now working on Craniofacial Developmental Genetics as a PhD student.

 

 

 

PhD student
Joni Ollonen

Joni recently obtained his Master's degree in Physiology and Neuroscience in our lab at the University of Helsinki. He is currently continuing his project on Craniofacial Evo-Devo as a PhD student.

Selected publications:
- Da Silva FO, Fabre AC, Savriama Y, Ollonen J, Mahlow K, Herrel A, Müller J & Di-Poï N. The ecological origins of snakes as revealed by skull evolution. Nature Communications 9(1):376 (2018)
- Ollonen J, Da Silva FO, Mahlow K & Di-Po, N. Skull development, ossification pattern and adult shape in the emerging lizard model organism Pogona vitticeps: a comparative analysis with other squamates. Frontiers in Physiology 9:278 (2018)

PhD student
Filipe Oliveira da Silva

Filipe obtained a joint Master’s degree in Evolutionary Biology (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s program) at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (Germany) and Uppsala University (Sweden). His final Master’s thesis on “Evolution of the maxillary bone shape in Archosaurs” was conducted at Harvard University (USA). He has been greatly interested on Evolutionary Biology since his bachelor’s and is currently doing his PhD on Evo-Devo.

Selected publications:
- Da Silva FO, Fabre AC, Savriama Y, Ollonen J, Mahlow K, Herrel A, Müller J & Di-Poï N. The ecological origins of snakes as revealed by skull evolution. Nature Communications 9(1):376 (2018)
- Ollonen J, Da Silva FO, Mahlow K & Di-Po, N. Skull development, ossification pattern and adult shape in the emerging lizard model organism Pogona vitticeps: a comparative analysis with other squamates. Frontiers in Physiology 9:278 (2018)


Master student
Cherie Jenkins

Cherie is an undergraduate student in Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Helsinki. She is currently doing her Master's thesis on Evo-Devo under the supervision of Simone Macrì.


Animal technicians
Ann-Christine Aho, Maria Partanen & Madara Snepere

Ann-Christine, Maria and Madara are working as animal technicians in the Department of Biosciences at the University of Helsinki. They are involved in the management and care of vertebrate animal species in our lab.