Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics

We address evolutionary and ecological questions in integrated biological sciences by exploiting novel genomics tools and systems biology. New theoretical tools in statistical genomics and systems biology facilitate the analysis of large quantitative data obtained under both laboratory and field conditions. In particular, next-generation sequencers initially developed for medical purposes facilitate the study of the adaptive variation of ecological 'keystone' species even though they are 'non-model' with little prior genomic information. Our interests include the evolution of mating systems, ecological speciation of polyploids, and gene expression in natural populations.

Head of group: Prof. Dr. Kentaro K. Shimizu

Recent projects

  • the evolution of self-compatibility in Arabidopsis thaliana by a mutation in the male specificity gene
  • predicting the flowering gene expression level in naturally fluctuating environment
  • network merging analysis of duplicate genome function in recently hybridized species (Young Investigator Award 2011, Human Frontier Science Program)
  • genetic, epigenetic and population genetic changes following the speciation by genome duplication (polyploidization)
  • molecular population genetics of tropical trees
  • whole genome duplication in molluscs
  • bacterial activity in the insectivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes

Our research projects are described in the research database of the university.

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