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Nicolas Gompel

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gompel

GSN former faculty


University of Bonn
Zoology and Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Meckenheimer Allee 169
53115 Bonn

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 74202


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Research focus: We are using closely related species of the fly genus Drosophila to pin down the genetic changes underlying the evolution of pigmentation patterns, courtship behaviours, and other reproduction-related traits.

Key words: Behavior evolution, neurogenetics, insects, Drosophila, molecular biology

Selected publications:

Cande J, Morita T, Stern DL, Prud’homme B* and Gompel N* (2014) Looking under the lamp post: neither fruitless nor doublesex contribute to the evolution of male courtship in Drosophila. Cell Reports, 8(2), 363–370 (*corresponding authors)

Arnoult L, Su KFY, Manoel D, Minervino C, Magriña J, Gompel N* and Prud’homme B* (2013) Emergence and diversification of fly pigmentation through evolution of a gene regulatory module. Science, 339:1423-1426 (*corresponding authors)

Prud’homme B*, Minervino C, Hocine C, Cande JD, Aouane A, Dufour HD, Kassner VA and Gompel N* (2011) Body plan innovation in treehoppers through the evolution of an extra wing-like appendage. Nature, 473: 83-6. (*corresponding authors)

Prud'homme B, Gompel N, Rokas A, Kassner VA, Williams TM, Yeh SD, True JR, Carroll SB. (2006) Repeated morphological evolution through cis-regulatory changes in a pleiotropic gene. Nature 440:1050-3. (The first two authors contributed equally to this work)

Gompel, N., Prud’homme, B., Wittkopp, P.J., Kassner, V.A., Carroll, S.B. (2005). Chance caught on thewing: cisregulatory evolution and the origin of pigment patterns in Drosophila. Nature 433: 481-487. (The first two authors contributed equally to this work)