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J.P. Masly

University of Oklahoma
Department of Zoology
730 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019

+1 405-325-5611

Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, SOLiD Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Confocal Microscopy, Time-Lapse Microscopy, Transgenesis, RNA interference(RNAi)
Research Description: The primary goal of the research performed in my lab is to understand the mechanisms that generate biodiversity. We use molecular and genomic technologies to study how genetic change directs the development of differences between species and ultimately gives rise to two important evolutionary processes— speciation and phenotypic evolution. We study four closely related species of the Drosophila melanogaster species complex, which allows us to take advantage of the arsenal of genetic, genomic, and molecular tools available in D. melanogaster. Current research projects investigate the genetics and development of rapidly evolving male genital morphology, the evolution and functional divergence of species-specific neural architecture in the genitalia, and how these differences contribute to reproductive isolation.
Lab Web Page: http://www.maslylab.com
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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