ERC Advanced Grants are competitive grants from the European Research Council aiming to support established leading researchers with long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project.

The EVOMORPHYS project aims at identifying the drivers of life’s morphological complexity and diversity. It will investigate how evolution explores the phase space of possible interactions between physical (mechanics, reaction-diffusion) and biological (cell signalling, proliferation, migration) processes and generates configurations that compute functional phenotypes.

In particular, the project will combine experiments in biology and physics, as well as mathematical models and numerical simulations.

(Re)discover Michel’s Group past research on the topic of life’s morphological diversity, from the skin of Elephants (news and National Geographic video report) to the colours of lizards (news and TV documentary).