School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Seminar Series - Genomics of speciation in house mice

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Dr Leslie Turner, University of Bath

1 November 2018

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Speaker: Dr Leslie Turner, University of Bath
Venue: Fogg Lecture Theatre, G.E Fogg Building

In this organismal biology and biological and experimental psychology seminar, Dr Leslie Turner of the University of Bath will deliver a talk on 'Genomics of speciation in house mice'.

Dr Turner's research focuses on genetic mechanisms underlying the speciation process. She investigates hybrid male sterility, a key reproductive barrier between house mouse subspecies, using a combination of experimental and bioinformatic approaches. Linking genotype to phenotype and fitness in nature is the ultimate goal of most evolutionary genetics research, but is rarely accomplished in practice.

Her research integrates laboratory studies of strains derived from mice wild-caught in a hybrid zone with population genomics of natural hybrid and pure populations. This strategy will enables Dr Turner to elucidate the molecular and developmental mechanisms underlying reproductive barriers in detail, and infer the evolutionary history and dynamics of the causative genes.

This seminar is open to all.