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Morphological evolution and comparative transcriptomics

The size and shape of a complex organ is defined during its development by the action of gene regulatory networks, which ensure the tightly controlled expression of developmental genes. Changes in the function and regulation of those genes during development account for variation in various morphological traits.

We combine genomics, quantitative genetics, developmental genetics and geometric morphometrics approaches to identify the molecular changes underlying morphological evolution in flies, beetles and spiders.

  • developmental biology
  • evo-devo
  • comparative transcriptomics
  • comparative genomics
  • morphological evolution
  • evolution of gene regulation

Institution Name

Georg-August-University Göttingen, Department of Developmental Biology

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Institution Address

Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, 37077 Göttingen, Germany

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Principal Investigator

Nico Posnien

Group Leader

Uni Göttingen, Dpt. of Developmental Biology, GZMB,
Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11,
37077 Göttingen, Germany

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