Research articles


Le Poul Y, Xin Y, Ling L, Mühling B, Jaenichen R, Hörl D, Bunk D, Harz H, Leonhardt H, Wang Y, Osipova E, Museridze M, Dharmadhikari D, Murphy E, Rohs R, Preibisch S, Prud’homme B* and Gompel N* (2020) Regulatory encoding of quantitative variation in spatial activity of a Drosophila enhancer, Science Advances, in press (*corresponding authors) [link]

Ceolin S, Hanf M, Bożek M , Storti AE, Gompel N, Unnerstall U, Jung C, and Gaul U (2020) A sensitive mNeonGreen reporter system to measure transcriptional dynamics in Drosophila development, Communications Biology, in press

Xin Y, Le Poul Y, Ling L, Museridze M, Mühling M, Jaenichen R, Osipova E, Gompel N* (2020) Ancestral and derived transcriptional enhancers share regulatory sequence and a pleiotropic site affecting chromatin accessibility, PNAS10:202004003. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2004003117 (*corresponding author) [link]

Paris M, Boyer R, Jaenichen R, Wolf J, Karageorgi M, Green J, Cagnon M, Parinello H, Estoup A, Gautier M, Gompel N* and Prud’homme B* (2020) Near-chromosome level genome assembly of the fruit pest Drosophila suzukii using long-read sequencing, Scientific Reports, 10:11227.(*corresponding authors) [link]

Bräcker LB, Gong X, Schmid C, Dawid C, Ulrich D, Phung T, Leonhard A, Ainsworth J, Olbricht K*, Parniske M* and Gompel N* (2020) A strawberry accession with elevated methyl anthranilate fruit concentration is naturally resistant to the pest fly Drosophila suzukii, PLoS ONE, 15(6): e0234040. (*corresponding authors) [link]


Green JE, Cavey E, Médina Caturegli E, Aigouy B, Gompel N and Prud’homme B (2019) Evolution of ovipositor length in Drosophila suzukii is driven by enhanced cell size expansion and anisotropic tissue reorganization, Current Biology, 29: 1–8. DOI: [link]

Bräcker LB, Schmid CA, Bolini VA, Holz CA, Prud’homme B, Sirota A and Gompel N* (2019) Quantitative and discrete evolutionary changes in the egg-laying behavior of single Drosophila females, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 13:118. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00118 (*corresponding author) [link]

Bozek M , Cortini R , Storti AE , Unnerstall U, Gaul U and Gompel N* (2019) ATAC-seq reveals regional differences in enhancer accessibility during the establishment of spatial coordinates in the Drosophila blastoderm. Genome Research, 29(5):771-783 (*corresponding author) [link]


Hinaux H, Bachem K, Battistara M, Rossi M, Xin Y, Jaenichen R, Le Poul Y, Arnoult L, Kobler JM, Grunwald Kadow IC, Rodermund L, Prud’homme B and Gompel N* (2018) Revisiting the developmental and cellular role of the pigmentation gene yellow in Drosophila using a tagged allele. Developmental Biology, 438(2):111-123 (*corresponding author) [link] [cover]

Hussain A, Pooryasin A, Zhang M, Loschek LF, La Fortezza M, Friedrich AB, Blais CM, Üçpunar HK, Yépez YA, Lehmann M, Gompel N, Gagneur J Sigrist SJ and Grunwald Kadow IC (2018) Inhibition of oxidative stress in cholinergic projection neurons fully rescues aging-associated olfactory circuit degeneration in Drosophila. eLife, 7:e32018 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.32018. [link]


Karageorgi M, Bräcker L, Lebreton S, Minervino C, Cavey M, Siju KP, Grunwald Kadow IC, Gompel N* and Prud’homme* (2017) Evolution of multiple sensory systems drives novel egg-laying behavior in the fruit pest Drosophila suzukii. Current Biology, 27(6):847-853 (*corresponding authors) [link]


Gong X, Bräcker L, Bölke N, Plata C, Zeitlmayr S, Metzler D, Olbricht K*, Gompel N* and Parniske M* (2016). Identification of strawberry accessions with reduced emergence rates of the pest Drosophila suzukii. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:1880 (*corresponding authors) [link]

Hussain A, Zhang M, Üçpunar H, Svenson T, Quillery E, Gompel N, Ignell R and Grunwald Kadow IC (2016) Ionotropic chemosensory receptors mediate the taste and smell of polyamines. PLOS Biology, p. e1002454 [link]


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) [link]


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


Cande J, Andolfatto P, Prud’homme B*, Stern D*, and Gompel N* (2012) Evolution of multiple additive loci caused divergence between Drosophila yakuba and D. santomea in wing rowing during male courtship. PLOS ONE, 7(8): e43888. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043888 (*corresponding authors) [link]


Prud’homme B*, Minervino C, Hocine M, 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)


Williams TM, Selegue JE, Werner T, Gompel N, Kopp A Carroll SB (2008) The regulation and evolution of a genetic switch controlling sexually dimorphic traits in Drosophila. Cell, 134: 610-23


Prud’homme B*, Gompel N*, Rokas A, Kassner VA, Williams TM, Yeh SD, True JR and Carroll SB (2006). Repeated morphological evolution through cis-regulatory changes in a pleiotropic gene. Nature 440: 1050-3 (*= co-first authors)


Gompel N*, Prud’homme B*, Wittkopp PJ, Kassner VA and Carroll SB (2005). Chance caught on the wing: cis-regulatory evolution and the origin of pigment patterns in Drosophila. Nature 433: 481-7 (*= co-first authors)


Gompel N and Carroll SB (2003). Genetic mechanisms and constraints governing the evolution of correlated traits in drosophilid flies. Nature 424: 931-5


Bożek M and Gompel N (2020) Developmental transcriptional enhancers, a subtle interplay between accessibility and activity, BioEssays, 42(4) [link]

Cury KM, Prud’homme B and Gompel N (2019) A short guide to insect oviposition: when, where and how to lay an egg, Journal of Neurogenetics, DOI: 10.1080/01677063.2019.1586898 [link]

Cande J, Prud’homme B*, and Gompel N* (2012) Smells like evolution: the role of chemoreceptor evolution in behavioral change. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 23(1):152-8. (*corresponding authors)

Gompel N and Prud’homme B (2009) The causes of repeated genetic evolution. Developmental Biology, 332: 36-47

Prud’homme B, Gompel N and Carroll SB (2007). Emerging principles of regulatory evolution. PNAS 104: 6105-12



Grunwald Kadow IC and Gompel N (2020) Sensory evolution: Making sense of the noni scent, Current Biology, 30(12): R712-R715

Prud’homme B and Gompel N (2019). Evolution: Remodelling animal body plans, gene by gene. Current Biology 29, R623–R625

Prud’homme B and Gompel N (2018). A bird’s inner stripes. Science 361: 1202–1203

Gompel N and Prud’homme B (2018) Neurobiology: How the head governs the heart of fly species. Nature, 559: 485–487

Prud’homme B & Gompel N (2012). Evolution: return of the ant supersoldiers. Current biology : CB, 22(5), R165–7

Prud’homme B and Gompel N (2011) Behavioural neuroscience: Fruity aphrodisiacs. Nature, 478:190-1

Prud’homme B and Gompel N (2010) Evolutionary biology: Genomic hourglass. Nature, 468:768-769

Gompel N and Prud’homme B (2009) Behavioural neurobiology: Chemical love. Nature, 461:887-8



Chyb S & Gompel N (2013). Atlas of Drosophila morphology. Wild-type and classical mutants. Academic Press


Other and older publications

Developmental biology

Gompel, N. (2002) Ph. D. Thesis dissertation summary. Cybium, Bulletin de la Société Française d’Ichtyologie. 26: 58.

Sapède, D., Gompel, N., Dambly-Chaudière, C. and Ghysen, A. (2002) Cell migration in the post-embryonic development of the fish lateral line. Development, 129: 605-615. (The first two authors contributed equally to this work).

Gompel, N., Cubedo, N., Thisse, C., Thisse, B., Dambly-Chaudière C. and Ghysen, A. (2001) Pattern formation in the lateral line of zebrafish. Mechanisms of Development 105: 69-77.

Gompel N., Dambly-Chaudière C. and Ghysen A. (2001) Neuronal differences prefigure somatotopy in the zebrafish lateral line. Development. 128: 387-393.

Jacq B., Horn F., Janody F., Gompel N., Serralbo O., Mohr E., Leroy C., Bellon B., Fasano L., Laurenti P. and Röder L. (1997) GIF-DB, a WWW database on gene interactions involved in Drosophila melanogaster development. Nucleic Acids Research, 25 (1): 67-71.


Gompel N (2017) A review of North American Elonus species, with description of E. gruberi n. sp. (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea: Aderidae). Zootaxa 4338: 533–545. [pdf]  [link]

Gompel N. Aderidae: pp 561-562,  in Tronquet M. (ed.) 2014: Catalogue des Coléoptères de France, Perpignan, Revue de l’Association Roussillonnaise d’Entomologie,  vol. XXIII (Suppl.), 1052 p.

Gompel N. (2012) The genus Mixaderus Collado & Alonso-Zarazaga, 1996 in Madagascar and the Mascareignes archipelago, with description of three new species (Coleoptera: Aderidae). Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (S.E.A.), 50: 77-88. [pdf]

Gompel N., Perez, C. and Bensusan, K. (2010). On the Aderidae of Gibraltar, with notes on the systematics of the genera Otolelus Klinger, 2000 and Cobososia Collado & Alonso Zarazaga, 1996 (Coleoptera). Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (S.E.A.), 46: 527−531. [pdf]

Gompel N., Piry S., Desnouhes L., Tan Ham L., Yavercovski N., Gauthier P., Le Clainche N. and Grillas P. (2009) Cressa cretica L. (Convolvulaceae), host-plant of the weevil Sharpia rubida (Rosenhauer, 1856) (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Erirrhininae). Biocosme mésogéen, 26 (3): 111-123 [pdf]

Gompel N. and Baraud E. (2003) Erratum. Annales de la Société entomologique de France (n. s.), 39(1): 95. [pdf]

Piry S. and Gompel N. (2002) Présence en France de Neoderelomus piriformis (Hoffmann, 1938) sur le palmier Phoenix canariensis Hort. (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Derelomini). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, 107(5): 529-534. [pdf]

Gompel N. and Baraud E. (2002) Les Aderidae de la Faune de France (Coleoptera). Annales de la Société entomologique de France (n. s.), 38(3): 211-238. [pdf]

Gompel N. and Ruzicka J. (2000) Première citation en France de Apocatops monguzzii Giachino & Vaillati, 1987 (Coleoptera, Leiodidae, Cholevinae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, 105 (2): 175-176. [pdf]

Piry, S., Gompel, N. and Allemand, R. (1999) Acclimatation dans le sud de la France d’Otiorhynchus (Dorymerus) armatus Boheman, 1843 (Coleoptera, Curculionidae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 104(5): 455-457. [pdf]

Gompel N., Soldati F. and Soldati L. (1999) Description de la femelle de Litoborus (Paralitoborus) escalerai Antoine, 1930 (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 104 (1): 35-37. [pdf]

Gompel N. (1998) Thylodrias contractus Motshulsky, 1839, une acquisition pour la faune de France (Coleoptera, Dermestidae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 103(4): 349-353 [pdf]


Tamisier J.-P., Gompel N. and Geniez P. (2000) Une nouvelle localité pour Pagodulina pagodula (Des Moulins, 1830) [Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orculidae]. Bulletin de la Société linnéenne de Bordeaux, 28(3): 149-151. [pdf]

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