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:

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!

06/2017 -  Alex presents the results of her work on speciation in damselflies at the 2017 Evolution Meeting

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

                 Tribal Colleges in Oklahoma

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