Computational Phylogenetics
... Molecular Data, Evolutionary Modeling and Computational Tools

Overview of the group

The Computational Phylogenetics group is part of the Department of Computational Biology from the University of Lausanne as well as the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. It also belongs to the Center for Advanced Modeling of Sciences (CADMOS).

We work on a variety of organisms and questions with a particular focus on understanding the drivers of adaptation both at the levels of the genes or genomes but also through the modeling of the evolution of the phenotypes and the ecological niche of species.

Although our research questions are purely biological and we work on a variety of biological systems illustrated below, we make extensive use of high performance computing facilities such as vital-it of the SIB or the BlueGen/Q system of CADMOS to create and evaluate evolutionary models. The group is therefore a nice mix of theoretical people, bioinformaticians and empirical biologists, which makes discussions and lab meeting lively and interesting!

Recent publications

See the publications pages for the complete list.

A. Kostikova, D. Silvestro, P.B. Pearman, N. Salamin. 2016. Bridging inter- and intraspecific trait evolution with a hierarchical Bayesian approach. Systematic Biology. 65: 417-431.

J. Rolland and N. Salamin. Niche width impacts vertebrate diversification. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 25: 1252-1263.

M.L. Serrano-Serrano, M. Perret, M. Guignard, A. Chautems, D. Silvestro, N. Salamin. 2015. Decoupled evolution of floral traits and climatic preferences in a clade of Neotropical Gesneriaceae. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15, 247.

D. Silvestro, A. Kostikova, G. Litsios, P.B. Pearman, N. Salamin. 2015. Measurement errors should always be incorporated in phylogenetic comparative analysis. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 340-346.

L. Dib, D. Silvestro, N. Salamin. 2014. Evolutionary footprint of coevolving positions in genes. Bioinformatics, 30, 1241-1249.

G. Litsios, N. Salamin. 2014. Hybridisation and diversification in the adaptive radiation of clownfishes.BMC evolutionary biology, 14, 245.

G. Litsios, R.O. Wüest, A. Kostikova, F. Forest, C. Lexer, H.P. Linder, P.B. Pearman, N.E. Zimmermann, N. Salamin. 2014. Effects of a fire response trait on diversification in replicated radiations. Evolution, 68, 453-465.

M. Zaheri, L. Dib, N. Salamin. 2014. A generalized mechanistic codon model. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31, 2528-2541.

Written on Sunday October 6, 2013