Molecular Evolution Group


Group Leader
Jorge Vieira


Do we know the genetic basis of phenotypic variation in general or for a few model species only?

Understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic variation is one of the main goals of Biology. Most studies regarding this issue have been performed in model species, such as D. melanogaster. Therefore, it is unclear whether the results obtained for model species can be generalized to other distantly related species.

Presently, the Molecular Evolution group is devoting most of its research time to the identification of variants that explain lifespan differences in D. americana natural populations. Nevertheless, we are also performing work on the phenotypic traits, size, cold resistance, developmental time and diapause. Time allowing, I like to perform collaborative work with other groups, as evidenced by my publication list.

Motivated Post-Doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students are wellcome. If you would like to explore the possibility of spending some time with the Molecular Evolution group, please send me an e-mail (jbvieira<removethis>