Summer 2022. Tall Grass Prairie Visit. Stefan, Justin, Samson, Jordan, Mia, Sean, Sophie and Ana. Missing. Mia, Chris, Eva, Martina, Paul, Brian and Lloyd.
How do epigenetic systems and genomes evolve?
Epigenetics is a mysterious form of inheritance. We are interested in understanding how genomes and epigenetic systems evolve in light of genetic conflict.
How does epigenetic inheritance of small RNAs influence gene expression in the offspring ?
How do epigenetic mechanisms of RNA silencing evolve?
How do epigenetic mechanisms control selfish DNA?
How does the genome respond to instability caused by selfish DNA?
How do mechanisms of meiosis evolve in the context of selfish DNA?
To answer these questions we use genomics, CRISPR, molecular evolution and population genetics.
If you are interested in working on these problems, please feel free to contact Justin: jblumens at ku.edu