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.

Read "MOSQUITOES DO IT BACKWARDS” - an interview with Robert Waterhouse about his SIB Virtual seminar

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Main publications 2019

  • Seppey M et al.
    Genomic signatures accompanying the dietary shift to phytophagy in polyphagan beetles
    Genome Biology, doi: 10.1186/s13059-019-1704-5
  • Attardo G M et al.
    Comparative genomic analysis of six Glossina genomes, vectors of African trypanosomes
    Genome Biology, doi: 10.1186/s13059-019-1768-2
  • Panfilio K A et al.
    Molecular evolutionary trends and feeding ecology diversification in the Hemiptera, anchored by the milkweed bug genome
    Genome Biology, doi: 10.1186/s13059-019-1660-0

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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