Gene Regulation in Evolution: From Molecular to Extended Phenotypes (GenEvo)

Different species and even different individuals within the same species often exhibit variability in their reproduction, behaviour and lifespan. This phenotypic variation is largely driven by differences in gene expression, which arises as a result of natural selection. The Research Training Group GenEvo is centred around the core question of how complex and multi-layered gene regulatory systems have evolved. GenEvo investigates which regulatory processes are evolutionarily conserved, which are prone to change and which selective regimes they underlie. By transferring methods developed for model species to other taxa, GenEvo scientists study gene regulatory evolution in a broader intra- and interspecific context. The initiative brings together scientists with expertise in evolutionary and molecular biology to train a new, interdisciplinary generation of PhD students and solve innovative research questions.

GenEvo is funded by the DFG until June 2028.

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Prof. Susanne Foitzik
Institute for Organismic & Molecular Evolution (iomE)
+49 (0) 6131-39-27840

Prof. René Ketting
Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)
+49 (0) 6131-39-21455

Dr. Judith Kochmann
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
+49 (0) 6131-39-28708

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