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Christen Mirth

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia
Rua da Quinta Grande, 6
Oeiras, Oeiras 2780-156

+351 21 446 4678

Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Antibody Staining, Confocal Microscopy, Transgenesis
Research Description: Our lab studies the regulation and evolution of environmentally-dependent traits in species from the genus Drosophila. Recently, our efforts have focussed on two traits that depend on nutritional cues: 1) body size and 2) larval foraging behaviour. We use the genetic tools available in Drosophila melanogaster to dissect how environmental signals, like nutrition, regulate larval growth and foraging choices. By analyzing the changes in these mechanisms across species of Drosophila, we hope to identify how these environmentally-dependent traits evolve to create species-specific differences in foraging behaviour and adult body size.
Lab Web Page: http://www.igc.pt/research/unit/109
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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