Margo MAEX

Margo is using peptidome techniques to study the evolution of courtship pheromones in salamanders. Her work involves the use of phylogenetic reconstructions and structural comparisons to determine the degree of differentiation, duplication events and polymorphism in pheromones. She's also spending quite some time on ethological tests to pin down the exact function of selected candidate molecules.

Maex, M., Van Bocxlaer, I., Mortier, A., Proost, P. & F. Bossuyt, 2016 - Courtship pheromone use in a model urodele, the Mexican Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum). Scientific Reports, 6: 20184. 

Van Bocxlaer, I., Maex, M., Treer, D., Janssenswillen, S., Janssens, R., Vandebergh, W., Proost, P. & F. Bossuyt, 2016. -Beyond sodefrin: evidence for a multi-component pheromone system in the model newt Cynops pyrrhogaster(Salamandridae). Scientific Reports, 6: 21880. 

Van Bocxlaer, I., Treer, D., Maex, M., Vandebergh, W., Janssenswillen, S., Stegen, G., Kok, P., Willaert, B., Matthijs, S., Martens, E., Mortier, A., de Greve, H., Proost, P. & F. Bossuyt, 2015 - Side-by-side secretion of late Palaeozoic diverged courtship pheromones in an aquatic salamander. Proceedings of the Royal Society B London, 282: 20142960.

Janssenswillen, S., Vandebergh, W., Treer, D., Willaert, B., Maex, M., Van Bocxlaer, I. & F. Bossuyt, 2015 - Origin and diversification of a salamander sex pheromone system. Molecular Biology & Evolution 32 (2): 472-480.

Vandebergh, W., Maex, M., Bossuyt, F. & I. Van Bocxlaer, 2013 - Recurrent functional divergence of early tetrapod keratins in amphibian toe pads and mammalian hair. Biology Letters 9: 20130051.