Thursday Seminar: Adaptive evolution and coevolution of sperm - egg recognition molecules


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  • Speaker: Willie Swanson, Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
  • Host Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
  • Date: 10/03/2013
  • Time: 4:10PM

  • Location: Room 1210, Chemistry

  • Description:

    Sperm and Egg

    My lab has focused on adaptive protein evolution, with a particular focus on the function and evolution of reproductive proteins. The rapid divergence of reproductive proteins could result in speciation due to the mismatch of sperm-egg recognition molecules. Our approach is highly integrative, using proteomics, genomics, biochemical and computational approaches. We work on a variety of taxonomic groups, including abalone, plants, Drosophila and primates. I will demonstrate how the use of proteomics has been invaluable for the study of reproductive protein evolution in these systems. In particular, I will focus on how studies of molecular co-evolution can shed light on the function of reproductive proteins including predicting protein - protein interactions.

    Coffee and cookies will be served at 4 p.m. 

    Host: Professor Timothy James

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