Maithreyi Narasimha:

Link 1

Link 2


Fernando Casares:

“How the leopard changed its spots”, by Brian Goodwin.

“The plausibility of life”, by Jon Gerhart and Mark Kirschner

Control of size, fate and time by the Hh morphogen in the eyes of  flies - Link

Open Biology - Growth and size control during development - ​Link 

Vidyanand Nanjundiah:

*(1) Gilbert S F (2003). The morphogenesis of evolutionary developmental biology. Int. J. Dev. Biol. 47: 467-477 (2003) ( - LINK

(2) Behera, N. & Nanjundiah, V. (2004). Phenotypic plasticity can potentiate rapid evolutionary change. J. Theor. Biol. 226: 177–184 (2004). - LINK

*(3) Bateson, P (2005). The return of the whole organism.  J. Biosci: 30, 31–39. ( - LINK

(4) Abouheif, E., Favé, M.-J., Ibarrarán-Viniegra, A. S., Lesoway, M. P., Rafiqi, A. M., & Rajakumar, R. (2013). Eco-Evo-Devo: The Time Has Come. Ecological Genomics, 107–125. - LINK

*(5) Gilbert S F, Bosch T C G & Ledón-Rettig C (2015).

Eco-Evo-Devo: developmental symbiosis and developmental plasticity as evolutionary agents. Nature Reviews Genetics 16:  611–622. (

(6) Altenberg-phenotypic plasticity_ compressed - LINK

(7) Evolution of multicellularity - Link


Mounia Lagha:

Reading: general review on transcription :

Review Lagha et al., TIGS 2012


Vikas Trivedi:

Monday, 16 December 2019

The evolution of body axes: A synthetic approach 

In this lecture we will discuss how conserved signalling pathways in early embryos, which are limited in number, give rise to robust formation of body axes and how did axial patterning emerge over time. 


Cells, Embryos and Evolution 1st Edition, Jon Gerhart, Marc Kirschner - Link


Friday, 20 December 2019

Modularity in Biology: Formation of tubular structures 

In this lecture we will discuss the concept of modularity and how different morphological processes can result in similar geometrical results. 


Modularity in Development and Evolution 1st Edition, Gerhard Schlosser & Günter P. Wagner  - Link


Karen Alim:

Purcell E. Life at low Reynolds number. Am J Phys. 1977;45(1):3-11.

Jochen Rink:

Succinct review on planarian biology (background reading, in case someone is curious):

Model systems for regeneration: planarians.

Ivankovic M, Haneckova R, Thommen A, Grohme MA, Vila-Farré M, Werner S, Rink JC.

Development. 2019 Sep 11;146(17). pii: dev167684. doi: 10.1242/dev.167684. Review.

PMID:  31511248

The two papers that I will cover in my talks:

Body size-dependent energy storage causes Kleiber's law scaling of the metabolic rate in planarians.

Thommen A, Werner S, Frank O, Philipp J, Knittelfelder O, Quek Y, Fahmy K, Shevchenko A, Friedrich BM, Jülicher F, Rink JC.

Elife. 2019 Jan 4;8. pii: e38187. doi: 10.7554/eLife.38187.

PMID: 30608231 ​Free PMC Article

Dynamic Polarization of the Multiciliated Planarian Epidermis between Body Plan Landmarks.

Vu HT, Mansour S, Kücken M, Blasse C, Basquin C, Azimzadeh J, Myers EW, Brusch L, Rink JC.

Dev Cell. 2019 Nov 18;51(4):526-542.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2019.10.022.

PMID: 31743666

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Stefano Di Talia:

Deneke and Di Talia (2018) Chemical Waves in Cell and Developmental Biology, Journal of Cell Biology 217 (4) 1193-1204 

van Saarloos W. 1998. Three basic issues concerning interface dynamics in nonequilibrium pattern formation. Phys. Rep. 301:9–43.