Publications and doctoral theses

Selected publications

Title, P.O., Singhal, S., Grundler, M.C., Costa, G.C., Pyron, R.A., Colston, T.J., Grundler, M.R., Prates, I., Stepanova, N., Jones, M.E.H., Cavalcanti, L.B.Q., Colli, G.R., Di-Poï, N., Donnellan, S.C., Moritz, C., Mesquita, D.O., Pianka, E.R., Smith, S.A., Vitt, L.J. & Rabosky, D.L. The macroevolutionary singularity of snakes. Science 383(6685): 918-923 (2024).

Ollonen, J., Khannoon, E.K., Macrì, S., Vergilov, V., Kuurne, J., Saarikivi, J., Soukainen, A., Aalto, I.M., Werneburg, I., Diaz Jr, R.E. & Di-Poï, N. Dynamic evolutionary interplay between ontogenetic skull patterning and whole-head integration. Nature Ecology & Evolution 8: 536-551 (2024).

Macrì, S., Aalto, I.M., Allemand, R. & Di-Poï, N. Reconstructing the origin and early evolution of the snake brain. Science Advances 9(39): eadi6888 (2023).

Jernvall, J., Di-Poï, N., Mikkola, M.L. & Kratochwil CF. Toward a universal measure of robustness across model organs and systems. Evolution & Development 25: 410-417 (2023).

Allemand, R., López-Aguirre, C., Abdul-Sater, J., Khalid, W., Lang, M.M., Macrì, S., Di-Poï, N., Daghfous, G. & Silcox, M.T. A landmarking protocol for geometric morphometric analysis of squamate endocasts. The Anatomical Record 306(10): 2425-2442 (2023).

Allemand, R., Abdul-Sater, J., Macrì, S., Di-Poï, N., Daghfous, G. & Silcox, M.T. Endocast, brain, and bones: correspondences and spatial relationships in squamates. The Anatomical Record 306(10): 2443-2465 (2023).

Salomies, L., Eymann, J., Ollonen, J., Khan, I. & Di-Poï, N. The developmental origins of heterodonty and acrodonty as revealed by reptile dentitions. Science Advances 7(51): eabj7912 (2021).

Lafuma, F., Corfe, I.J., Clavel, J. & Di-Poï, N. Multiple evolutionary origins and losses of tooth complexity in squamates. Nature Communications 12: 6001 (2021).

Macrì, S. & Di-Poï, N. Heterochronic Developmental Shifts Underlying Squamate Cerebellar Diversity Unveil the Key Features of Amniote Cerebellogenesis. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 8: 593377 (2020).

Eymann, J. & Di-Poï, N. Glia-mediated regenerative response following acute excitotoxic damage in the postnatal squamate retina. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 8: 406 (2020).

Khannoon, E.R., Ollonen, J., & Di-Poï, N. Embryonic development of skull bones in the Sahara horned viper (Cerastes cerastes), with new insights into structures related to the basicranium and braincase roof. Journal of Anatomy (2020).

Macrì, S., Savriama, Y., Khan, I. & Di-Poï, N. Comparative analysis of squamate brains unveils multi-level variation in cerebellar architecture associated with locomotor specialization. Nature Communications 9(10): 5560 (2019).

Salomies, L., Eymann, J., Khan, I. & Di-Poï, N. The alternative regenerative strategy of bearded dragon unveils the key processes underlying vertebrate tooth renewal. eLife 8: e47702 (2019).

Eymann, J., Salomies, L., Macrì, S. & Di-Poï, N. Variations in the proliferative activity of the peripheral retina correlate with postnatal ocular growth in squamate reptiles. Journal of Comparative Neurology 527(14): 2356 (2019).

Cooper, R.L., Lloyd, V.J., Di-Poï, N., Fletcher, A.G., Barrett, P.M. & Fraser, G.J. Conserved gene signalling and a derived patterning mechanism underlie the development of avian footpad scales. EvoDevo 10: 19 (2019).

Friocourt, F., Kozulin, P., Belle, M., Suárez, R., Di-Poï, N., Richards, L.J., Giacobini, P. & Chédotal, A. Shared and differential features of Robo3 expression pattern in amniotes. Journal of Comparative Neurology 527(12): 2009 (2019).

Da Silva, F.O., Fabre, A.C., Savriama, Y., Ollonen, J., Mahlow, K., Herrel, A., Müller, J. & Di-Poï, N. The ecological origins of snakes as revealed by skull evolution. Nature Communications 9(1): 376 (2018).

Ollonen, J., Da Silva, F.O., Mahlow, K., & Di-Poï, N. Skull development, ossification pattern and adult shape in the emerging lizard model organism Pogona vitticeps: a comparative analysis with other squamates. Frontiers in Physiology 9: 278 (2018).

van der Vos, W., Stein, K., Di-Poï, N. & Bickelmann, C. Ontogeny of Hemidactylus (Gekkota, Squamata) with emphasis on the limbs. Zoosystematics and Evolution 94, 195 (2018).

Di-Poï, N. & Milinkovitch, M.C. The anatomical placode in reptile scale morphogenesis indicates shared ancestry among skin appendages in amniotes. Science Advances 2(6): e1600708 (2016).

Di-Poï, N. & Milinkovitch, M.C. Crocodilians evolved scattered multi-sensory micro-organs. EvoDevo 4(1): 19 (2013).

Milinkovitch, M.C., Manukyan, L., Debry, A., Di-Poï, N., Martin, S., Singh, D., Lambert, D. & Zwicker, M. Crocodile head scales are not developmental units but emerge from physical cracking. Science 339(6115): 78-81 (2013).

Di-Poï, N., Montoya-Burgos, J.I., Miller, H., Pourquié, O., Milinkovitch, M.C. & Duboule, D. Changes in Hox genes’ structure and function during the evolution of the squamate body plan. Nature 464(7285): 99-103 (2010).

Di-Poï, N. & Duboule, D. Hox genes key to diversity. Nature 464(7285): 5 (2010).

Di-Poï, N., Montoya-Burgos, J.I. & Duboule, D. Atypical relaxation of structural constraints in Hox gene clusters of the green anole lizard. Genome Research 19(4): 602-610 (2009).

Doctoral theses

Ollonen, Joni. From embryo to evolution - Identifying the developmental changes underlying snake skull evolution. University of Helsinki (08-03-2024).

Salomies, Lotta. Development and evolution of tooth renewal and dental formula in squamate reptiles. University of Helsinki (13-05-2022).

Macrì, Simone. From locomotor behavior to cerebellum evolution and development in squamate models. University of Helsinki (11-02-2022).

Oliveira da Silva, Filipe. On the origin of snakes based on geometric morphometrics : morphology, paleontology, phylogeny, ecology, and development. University of Helsinki (20-08-2021).

Eymann, Julia. Developmental Growth and Regeneration Processes in Squamate Eyes. University of Helsinki (12-03-2021).