faculty

Ben Kerr

kerrb@uw.edu

University of Washington, 

Biophysical and Structural Biology

Genetics, Genomics & Evolution

Microbiology, Infection & Immunity

Microbial experimental evolution and evolutionary modeling

Faculty Contact Information

Building: Kincaid Room: 404 Box: Box 351800 Phone: 206-221-3996 http://kerrlab.org/

Lab Information

Location: University of Washington Building: Kincaid Room: 404 Box: Box 351800 http://kerrlab.org/

Accepting Students For:

Rotation, Spring

Research Summary

Biological systems are teeming with interactions. For instance, species interact in ecosystems, nerve cells interact in brains, and genes interact in regulatory networks. Similarly, genetic mutation does not occur in a vacuum: the selective value of any mutation for an organism may depend on its genetic background and its ecological conditions. When the fitness effect of a mutation changes with genotype (epistasis) or environment (pleiotropy), evolution becomes contingent. Our lab is focused on understanding such contingency and using this information to our benefit in health-related contexts.