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Justin Borevitz

University of Chicago
Ecology and Evolution
1101 E 57th
Chicago, IL 60637


Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Microarrays, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, QTL Mapping, SNP Mapping, Transgenesis, Mutagenesis
Research Description: Work in the Borevitzlab can generally be described as studying the genetics of Adaptation. We focus on a handful of model organisms and how they interact and shape their local environment using state of the art techniques. High throughput genetic sequencing allows us to look at population structure and dynamics on the landscape. Remote sensing of weather variables tracks local microclimatic environmental change among, and within, host ecosystems. Idealized microclimates are then recreated in growth chambers. High resolution imaging, in situ and ex situ, allows growth and development phenotypes to be recorded throughout the season, across target populations. Finally we hope to paramaterize models of genotype <--> phenotype <--> environment interactions among species that lead to ecosystem evolution and ecological sustainability.
Lab Web Page: http://borevitzlab.uchicago.edu
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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