What we do

The group is active in the fields of comparative genomics and shotgun metagenomics. We study molecular evolution, develop approaches to genomics data analyses, and implement computational pipelines. We apply evolutionary models to digest sequencing data, and revise these models using the novel data. We study functional genomic elements on the basis of sequence variability among different species and within populations. Our interests range from arthropod genomics, including invertebrate vectors of human pathogens, to the evolution of viruses and clinical microbiology.

The group develops the OrthoDB tool.

Main publications 2017

  • Waterhouse RM et al. BUSCO applications from quality assessments to gene prediction and phylogenomics. Mol Biol Evol. 2017
  • Djordjevic M et al. Scoring Targets of Transcription in Bacteria Rather than Focusing on Individual Binding Sites. Front Microbiol. 2017;8:2314
  • Ioannidis P et al. Genomic Features of the Damselfly Calopteryx splendens Representing a Sister Clade to Most Insect Orders. Genome Biol Evol. 2017;9(2):415-430.

Find out more about the Group’s activities


University geneva

Evgeny Zdobnov
Computational Evolutionary Genomics Group
University of Geneva
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Domains of activity:

  • Genes and genomes
  • Comparative genomics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Functional genomics
  • Metagenomics
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Ontology
  • Phylogeny
  • Structural biology

Domains of application:

  • Medicine and health
  • Basic research