Evolution Paris-Seine

Our unit is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms of evolution. The research we are doing is, therefore, fundamental and our objective is to push back the frontiers of knowledge. For this reason, our activity in terms of research is targeted towards the academic world and college students (mainly through teaching and forming through research).

The activity of our UMR is to exploit the tools of modern biology to understand how an organism interacts with its environment, at both the evolutionary and adaptive time scales. Due to the theme of the unit, the study of biodiversity and, in particular, the mechanisms at its origin, the topics are studied at every possible biological scale, from genes to genomes, from cells to organisms, from populations to species. Each team favors one or the other level, but always with the goal of achieving an integrated perspective of the adaptive and evolutionary processes.

Different organisms are investigated such as, ctenophores, cnidarians, crustaceans, molluscs or vertebrates, in eukaryotes and, bacteria as well as archaea in prokaryotes. This diversity of organisms is associated with a range of ecosystem, three of which can be considered as models for us: The coastal Antarctica, Mangrove (from Guadeloupe), and the Mediterranean coast.

The Unit "Evolution Paris-Seine" is composed of seven teams and one platform representing 32 scientists or lecturers, 18 Engineers/Technicians, and 19 PhD students or post-doctoral fellows.


Danielle Merkiled
Françoise Commercy


Latifa Belkessa