(Lab Members in bold. *contributed equally to the work)


  • M. Delattre and N. Goehring. The first step in the life of a worm: themes and variations in asymmetric division in C. elegans and other nemtodes. Current Topics in Developmental Biology. online Feb 16.


  • C. Launay, M-A. Félix, J. Dieng, M. Delattre. Diversification and hybrid incompatibility in auto-pseudogamous species of Mesorhabditis nematodes. BMC Evol Biol 20, 105 (2020).


  • M. Grosmaire*, C. Launay*, M. Siegwald, T. Brugière, L. Estrada-Virrueta, D. Berger, L. Modolo, M. Blaxter, P. Meister, M-A. Félix, P-H. Gouyon, M. Delattre. Males as somatic investment in a parthenogenetic nematode. Science. 363, 1210–1213 (2019).   doi: 10.1126/science.aau009. (More in the popular press)


  • A-C. Valfort, C. Launay, M. Sémon, M. Delattre. (2018) Evolution of mitotic spindle behavior during the first asymmetric embryonic division of nematodes. PLoS Biology. Jan 22;16(1):e2005099. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2005099
  • S. Haag, D. Fitch, M. Delattre. From the “Worm” to “the Worms” and back again: the evolutionary developmental biology of nematodes. Genetics. 2018 Oct 210(2): 397-433.
  • Bouvrais, L. Chesneau, S. Pastezeur, D. Fairbrass, M. Delattre, J. Pecreaux. Microtubule feedback and LET-99 dependent control of pulling forces ensure robust spindle position. Biophysical Journal. 2018. 115 (11): 2189-2205.


  • M. Borowiak, W. Nahaboo, M. Reynders, K. Nebolla, P. Jalinot, J. Hasserodt, M. Rehlberg, M. Delattre, S. Zahler, D. A. Vollmar, Trauner, O. Thorn-Seshold. (2015) Photoswitchable Inhibitors of Microtubule Dynamics Optically Control Mitosis and Cell Death. Cell.  162(2):403-11.
  • W. Nahaboo, M. Zouak, P. Askjaer, M. Delattre. (2015) Chromatids segregate without centrosomes during C. elegans mitosis in a Ran and CLASP dependent manner. Molecular Biology of the Cell.  1(26), 2020-29.
  • R. Farhadifar, C.F. Baer, A-C Valfort, E.C. Andersen, T. Müller-Reichert, M. Delattre, D.J. Needleman. (2015) Scaling, Selection, and Evolutionary Dynamics of the Mitotic Spindle. Current Biology. 25, 732-40.


  • L. Von Tobel*, T. Mikeladze-Dvali*, M. Delattre, F. Blestera, S. Blanchoud, S. Finger, G. Knott, T. Muller-Reichert, P. Gönczy. (2014) SAS-1 is a C2 domain containing protein critical for centriole integrity in C. elegans. Plos Genetics.  Nov 20;10(11):e1004777
  • Cluet, D., Riche, S., Stebé, P-N., Spichty, M., Delattre, M.  Automated high-throuput quantification of mitotic spindle positioning from DIC movies. PlosONE. (2014) Apr 24;9(4):e93718. (see


  • Riche, S., Zouak, M., Argoul, F., Arnéodo, A., Pécreaux, J., Delattre, M.  Evolutionary comparisons reveal a positional switch for spindle pole oscillations in Caenorhabditis embryos. Journal of Cell Biology. (2013). 201(5), 653-62.

Past life on Centrosome Biogenesis and Evo/Devo in Nematodes

  • Delattre, M., & Felix, M. – A. The evolutionary context of robust and redundant cell biological mechanisms. Bioessays (2009). 31(5), 537–545.
  • Delattre, M., Canard, C., & Gonczy, P. (2006). Sequential protein recruitment in C. elegans centriole formation. Current Biology, 16(18), 1844–1849.
  • Leidel, S., Delattre, M., Cerutti, L., Baumer, K., & Gonczy, P. (2005). SAS-6 defines a protein family required for centrosome duplication in C. elegans and in human cells. Nature Cell Biology, 7(2), 115–125.
  • Delattre, M., Leidel, S., Wani, K., Baumer, K., Bamat, J., Schnabel, H., et al. (2004). Centriolar SAS-5 is required for centrosome duplication in C. elegans. Nature Cell Biology, 6(7), 656–664.
  • Delattre, M., & Gonczy, P. (2004). The arithmetic of centrosome biogenesis. Journal of Cell Science, 117(Pt 9), 1619–1630.
  • Delattre, M., & Felix, M. A. (2001). Development and evolution of a variable left-right asymmetry in nematodes: the handedness of P11/P12 migration. Developmental Biology, 232(2), 362–371.
  • Delattre, M., & Felix, M. A. (2001). Microevolutionary studies in nematodes: a beginning. Bioessays, 23(9), 807–819.
  • Delattre, M., & Felix, M. A. (2001). Polymorphism and evolution of vulval precursor cell lineages within two nematode genera, Caenorhabditis and Oscheius. Current Biology, 11(9), 631–643.