Gene Expression, Cell Cycle & Chromosome Biology
Genetics, Genomics & Evolution
Microbiology, Infection & Immunity
Evolutionary and functional studies of genetic conflicts
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My lab studies how eukaryotic genetics and epigenetics have been shaped by diverse genetic conflicts. Projects in the lab can be roughly classified into two types: extrinsic (between genomes) conflicts that shape genes involved in host-pathogen interactions, and intrinsic (within genome) conflicts that shape eukaryotic genomes. We use studies that combine insights from evolutionary biology together with molecular/ cellular biology, virology, and genetics. While our primary research organism is Drosophila, we study a variety of model and non-systems depending on the research question.