The Masly Laboratory

The primary goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms that generate biodiversity.  We use molecular and genomic technologies to study how genetic change directs the development of differences between species and ultimately gives rise to two important evolutionary processes— speciation and phenotypic evolution.  We study two powerful systems to address questions at the interface of evolution, genetics, and development: the Drosophila melanogaster species complex (D. melanogaster, D. simulans, D. sechellia, D. mauritiana) and several closely related species of Enallagma damselflies.  

Evolution, Genetics, and Development

Lab News:

05/2017 -  The lab host our annual Summer Research Program for students attending Native American

                 Tribal Colleges in Oklahoma

05/2017 -  Congratulations to our lab graduates!  Molly and Covenant receive their B.S. in Biology, and Alex

                 defends her Ph.D.!

10/2017 -  Our paper on the evolution of reproductive isolation in damselflies out out in print and featured

                 on the cover of Evolution!

08/2017 -  The lab welcomes Ph.D. student Mehrnaz Afkhami and postdoc Angel Harper!

07/2017 -  The lab’s research is featured in Research Features magazine!

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