Brisson Lab: Using the pea aphid, we investigate the molecular genetic basis of morphological evolution. We’re interested in how both nature and nurture affect final adult morphology. We use a variety of approaches including genetics, genomics and developmental biology.
Jaenike Lab: Our research deals with questions at the interface of ecology and evolution, with a specific focus on host-parasite interactions, X-chromosome meiotic drive, and the contribution of Wolbachia to reproductive isolation and sex-ratio bias in natural populations of Drosophila.
Larracuente Lab: We integrate population genomic, genetic and cytological methods to study the selfish Segregation Distorter complex of D. melanogaster and the evolution of satellite DNA in Drosophila species.
Orr Lab: We study the genetics of speciation and adaptation, genetic basis of hybrid sterility and inviability, and theoretical patterns that characterize the population genetics of speciation and adaptation
Rabeling Lab: We integrate evolutionary biology, genetics, taxonomy, and natural history to study the evolutionary genetics of ants. Currently, we are most interested in understanding how social parasitism evolved and how this change in social organization contributes to speciation.
Eickbush Lab: We study mobile elements and their influence on eukaryotic genomes, mechanisms by which new copies are inserted, their short term and long term evolution in the rDNA locus, and the mechanisms used by the host to control them.
Fry Lab: We study the genetic basis of adaptation using dietary ethanol in Drosophila. Also we use Drosophila as a model, and the role of ecological divergence in speciation.
Lambert Lab: Using the snail Ilyanassa we study the roles of basic cellular behaviors in embryonic patterning, especially in the context of RNA localization and asymmetric cell division. Also, we examine how the structures of developmental and cellular processes influence patterns of evolutionary change.
Minckley Lab: We study bee biogeography, and the ecology and evolutionary advantages of pollen specialization in bees. Also we study host breadth evolution and bee- plant succession.
Presgraves Lab: Using the model organism Drosophila we study speciation genetics and genomics of complex speciation, sex chromosome evolution and X-chromosome regulation, the evolution of recombination, and the meiotic drive system Segregation Distorter.
Coming soon– Fay Lab: Evolutionary genetics of gene regulation.We combine analysis of gene expression with population genetic and molecular evolution models to understand when changes in cis-regulatory sequences matter.
Werren Lab: Currently we are studying the genetic basis of developmental and behavioral differences between species, the genomics and co-evolution of insects and their symbiotic microorganisms, and the genetics and genomics of parasitoid wasps, including parasitoid venoms.