What we do

The group’s research is focused on elucidating interactions between gene evolution and gene function through developing computational approaches to interrogate evolutionary and functional genomics data. We are developing quantifications of gene evolutionary dynamics and functional properties to build models that link the underlying genetics to observable biological features. Our research projects focus on insects and other arthropods as their countless adaptations to exploit ecological niches mean that they are ideal for investigating how conservation or divergence of functional genomic elements give rise to the splendour of animal biology.

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Find out about the Group’s activities

Main publications 2020

  • Thomas G W C et al.
    Gene content evolution in the arthropods
    Genome Biology, 10.1186/s13059-019-1925-7
  • Waterhouse R M et al.
    Evolutionary superscaffolding and chromosome anchoring to improve Anopheles genome assemblies
    BMC Biology, 10.1186/s12915-019-0728-3
  • Sun C et al.
    Genus-wide characterization of bumblebee genomes provides insights into their evolution and variation in ecological and behavioral traits
    Molecular Biology and Evolution, 10.1093/molbev/msaa240


epfl lausanne

Robert Waterhouse
Evolutionary-Functional Genomics Group
University of Lausanne
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Domain(s) of activity:

  • Genes and genomes
  • Systems biology
  • Comparative genomics
  • Database curation
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Functional genomics
  • Phylogeny
  • Phylogenetic tree analysis (natural selection)
  • Population genetics
  • Software engineering
  • Transcriptomics

Domain(s) of application:

  • Agriculture
  • Basic research
  • Ecology