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Benjamin Blackman

University of Virginia
Department of Biology
P.O. Box 400328
Charlottesville, VA 22904


Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, QTL Mapping, RNA interference(RNAi), Transgenesis
Research Description: The Blackman lab seeks to understand how development and its ability to respond to changing environmental conditions evolve. Through a combination of molecular, genomic, and field studies, the lab aims to connect genes to phenotypes to ecology and in doing so address fundamental questions about the genetics of adaptation, the evolution of development, and mechanisms of gene-environment interaction. Current projects focus on clinal variation in photoperiodic flowering in wild sunflower and monkeyflower, gene duplication and the origins of novelty during sunflower domestication, and the integration of internal and external signals to regulate solar tracking in sunflower.
Lab Web Page: http://people.virginia.edu/~bkb2f/Blackman_Lab/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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