CIE Seminar Series 2016 – Formation and Evolution of Skin Patterns in Birds

Marie ManceauSPEAKER: Dr Marie Manceau, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology, College de France, Paris

DATE: Friday, 13th May 2016
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, room ka4.207
TIME: 1:30pm
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Burwood City Centre (BCC) and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.22

ABSTRACT: Natural patterns fascinate mathematicians and developmental biologists, yet the mechanisms underlying their formation and immense diversity remain unclear.

We address this question using color patterns, arguably one of the most diverse patterns, established during embryonic development. We take advantage of variation in the pattern of populations of wild birds displaying ecologically-relevant color patterns: Estrildids, Galliforms, and Ratites.

Using these birds in a combination of experimental developmental biology and mathematical approaches, we study the origin, nature, and mode of action of molecular factors providing positional information to the developing skin to form color patterns.

BIO: Marie Manceau is interested in studying the formation and evolution of patterns in the skin. She completed her PhD in avian developmental biology in the laboratory of Pr. Marcelle at the University of Marseille (France) in 2007, and then moved as a postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Hoekstra at Harvard University, where she studied the developmental bases of color pattern variation in rodents.

Since 2013, she is a Young Research Group Leader at the Collège de France (CIRB): her research team focuses on the embryonic origin and molecular nature of factors providing positional information in the skin of birds of the Estrildid and Galliforme families.

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