The t haplotype in house mice is the best-known example of a selfish genetic element in a mammal. By interfering with the motility of wildtype sperm, the t haplotype promotes its own inheritance in heterozygous males, a phenomenon described as meiotic drive. The molecular drive mechanisms are well understood. However, many questions regarding the dynamics of t haplotypes in free-living mouse populations remain unsolved. Female mate choice preferences as well as female multi-male mating have been suggested as potential behavioural counterstrategies against the invasion and spread of the selfish t haplotype.
In my PhD project, I investigate the influence of sexual selection on the t haplotype’s transmission. Female mate preference, sperm competition and t haplotype sperm traits are my main topics.
Education and Professional Positions
|2012 - 2016||Ph.D. thesis, Evolution and Genetics of Social Behaviour group, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich, Switzerland|
|2009 - 2012||Trainee and Scientific Officer at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)|
|2008||Master of Science in Zoology, Computational and Molecular Population Genetics lab (CMPG), University of Bern, Switzerland|