Research

Animal Diversity and Molecular Evolution

I am broadly interested in molecular evolution and comparative genomics in animals. We are most familiar with mammals and birds in general, and bats in particular, but we are open to study other animals in rare cases. Previously, I worked on vision and taste genes in bats, giant panda, mole rats, and penguins. Currently, my research interests are to (1) decipher the evolutionary processes that have generated enormous diversity of form and behaviour well-known in nature, using bats as a model study group, (2) develop or test evolutionary hypotheses on the evolution of sensory systems across vertebrates, using vertebrate taste receptor genes as a model study system.

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