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Ehab Abouheif

McGill University
1205 avenue Docteur Penfield
Stewart Biology Building
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B1


Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), 454 Pyrosequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Sectioning for Histology, Sectioning for Electron Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, Time-Lapse Microscopy, RNA interference(RNAi)
Research Description: My research program lies within the field of Ecological Evolutionary Developmental Biology. The long-term goal of my program is to understand how changes in the complex interaction between genes and environment influence development and evolution. To achieve this long-term goal my lab characterizes the gene networks that underlie queen and worker caste development in ants, and elucidate how hormonal, ecological, and social environments can influence their evolution. Ants are a powerful model because they exhibit a wide range of morphological, behavioral, and ecological diversity, and are relatively closely related to fruit flies allowing access to the wealth of developmental information and technical tools pioneered in Drosophila.
Lab Web Page: http://biology.mcgill.ca/faculty/abouheif/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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