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Subhash Rajpurohit

Univerisity of Nevada
4505 S Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154


PI: NO, Postdoctoral Fellow
Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Microarrays, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, Other, respirometry
Research Description: Laboratory selection studies have become very promising in recent years. Selection experiments have been used extensively by evolutionary biologists, often to study physiological problems such as stress resistance. The selection regime is known, because it is imposed by the investigator. A single feature of the environment can be varied (temperature, food, water, etc.) while keeping other factors constant. By simulating these trait responses in the laboratory, selection studies may tackle several problems of great interest to evolutionary biologists. Moreover, individual environmental variables can be independently manipulated in the laboratory so that their effects can be distinguished from others. The direct comparison of laboratory and natural systems provides the opportunity to identify and to test hypotheses regarding natural selection in field. If laboratory and comparative studies provide similar results, this is corroborative evidence that selection is acting as we thought in nature. When different results are obtained, then something may be missing in our understanding of one or both environments.
Lab Web Page: http://faculty.unlv.edu/gibbs/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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