Maxime Policarpo

PostDoc in the group of Prof. Walter Salzburger

Current Research

My current research aims to clarify the evolution of the chemosensory gene repertoire in vertebrates, which include olfactory and taste receptors, with a particular focus on cichlids of the Lake Tanganyika. Chemoreception plays a major role in the survival and reproductive success of fish, being involved in feeding, predator avoidance, and reproduction. I am using a combination of genomic, transcriptomic, morphological and ecological data to further investigate what drove the evolution of these genes and evaluate their contribution to niche specialization and speciation.

Curriculum Vitae

From 2021 Postdoctoral fellow in the group of Pr. Walter Salzburger, Zoological Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland
2018-2021 Ph.D. in the group of Pr. Didier Casane, EGCE (Evolution, Genome, Behavior, Ecology), France
2016-2018 Master degree in Genetics – University Paris Cité, France
2013-2016 Bachelor degree in Biology – University Paris Cité, France