Mitonuclear interactions, mtDNAmediated thermal plasticity, and implications for the Trojan Female Technique for pest controlRead more
Evolutionary implications of mitochondrial genetic variation: mitochondrial genetic effects on OXPHOS respiration and mitochondrial quantity change with age and sex in fruit fliesRead more
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Research in Damian Dowling’s group is focused on understanding how life evolves. We draw on experimental evolutionary, genomic and ecological techniques to explore fundamental biological questions.
Our core goal is to understand the evolution of our energy-producing genes. The mitochondria are salient to eukaryote life. Curiously, their functionality hinges on fine-tuned interactions between genes that reside over two obligate genomes. This sets the stage for inter-genomic evolutionary collaborations and conflicts between these genes, which will ultimately affect the dynamics of core life history processes.
Other projects in our group explore the biology of ageing, and the evolution of sex differences.