The Computational Phylogenetics group is headed by Prof. Nicolas Salamin. Our research 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 are interested in applying computational methods and evolutionary modeling to test hypotheses about the evolution and adaptation of species using both molecular, phenotypic and ecological data.
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!