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Research Interests

Our group is primarily interested in Adaptations – behavioural, physiological and morphological. We investigate various issues in Sexual Selection and Life-history evolution by using laboratory experimental evolution and phenotypic manipulations on lab-adapted populations of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). While sexual selection is a major force driving the evolution of most sexually reproducing species, including medically and economically important insects (disease vectors, pollinators for example), it is also thought to have been one of the main forces that shaped human evolution. Life-history evolution, on the other hand, is of direct relevance to the wellbeing of the present and future human populations as it aims at understanding key aspects of ageing, immunity, reproduction, stress resistance etc.

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