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Drosophila research experts - Evolution

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Damian K. Dowling

Damian is a professor at Monash University’s School of Biological Sciences, in Melbourne Australia.

He heads the Experimental Evolutionary Biology Lab, an interdisciplinary team with interests spanning evolutionary ecology and genetics, and who work predominantly with Drosophila.

Damian is generally interested in the evolution of sex differences, life histories, and genetic conflicts. He has spent much of the fly-focused part of his career studying the evolutionary implications of functional genetic variation in the mitochondrial genome.

At the end of the day, Damian likes to unwind by boxing, listening to punk rock, and cooking, usually all at the same time.

Three Selected Publications:

  • Nagarajan-Radha, V., et al. (2020). "Sex-specific effects of mitochondrial haplotype on metabolic rate in Drosophila melanogaster support predictions of the Mother's Curse hypothesis." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 375(1790): 20190178.
  • Camus, M. F. and D. K. Dowling (2018). "Mitochondrial genetic effects on reproductive success: signatures of positive intrasexual, but negative intersexual pleiotropy." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 285(1879).
  • Camus, M. F., et al. (2017). "Experimental Support That Natural Selection Has Shaped the Latitudinal Distribution of Mitochondrial Haplotypes in Australian Drosophila melanogaster." Molecular Biology and Evolution 34(10): 2600-2612.
drosophila evolution expert Damian K Dowling

Charles Robin

Charlie is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne’s School of BioSciences, where he heads an evolutionary genetics lab which uses Drosophila melanogaster as its primary research organism.

Charlie is interested in the genetic basis of adaptation, population genetics and molecular evolution. He uses insecticide resistance as a model for adaptive change and has made extensive use of the Drosophila Genetics Reference Panel. He has an ongoing interest in the evolution of multigene families particularly those encoding detoxification enzymes. Currently he is exploring population genetics methods such as gene drives to control pest insects.

Recently, he realized that he should change his Zoom name from ‘Specifly frass’ after needing to explain to senior university staff that 'frass' was insect excrement. However, he is happy about ‘specifly’ as a unique website name that captures the desire to control insect pests without harming biodiversity.

Three selected publications

Peter Dearden

Peter Dearden is at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He completed his PhD in London, UK, was a postdoc with Michael Akam in Cambridge and then began his own lab in New Zealand in 2002.

He is interested in Evolution and Development, how gene regulatory networks evolve, the molecular mechanisms of plasticity and the evolution of eusociality.

He has been viciously bitten by Zephr, one of only 204 Kākāpō (the world’s rarest parrot) left in the world.

Three Selected Publications

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