Special topic: From tiny steps to major transitions - Evo-Devo on various scales
Information on speakers:
Dr. Maria Daniela Santos Nunes (Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK):
Maria Daniela Santos Nunes studies Molecular evolution, Population Genetics and Evolutionary Developmental Biology to contribute to a better understanding of the genetic basis of complex quantitative traits and the evolutionary processes responsible for their evolution. In one line of research she works on the evolution of Drosophila male genitalia aiming at revealing the role of natural variation in morphological and behavioral traits in population divergence and specialization. In a second line of research, she focusses on the early evolution of duplicated genes by testing the effect of gene dosage on the fate of new duplicates in an experimental framework using Drosophila melanogaster. She will present a microevolutionary approach to evo-devo questions at the Symposium “From tiny steps to major transitions - Evo-Devo on various scales” (Section: Developmental Biology).
Peter Holland, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
The principal focus of Peter Hollands research is the interplay between genes, embryos and evolution. In earlier work, he contributed groundbreaking data to provide the first clear evidence for genome duplications in early vertebrate evolution, provided new insights into the evolution of the vertebrate head, discovered and named the ParaHox gene cluster, provided a robust classification of all animal homeobox genes, and traced the evolution of the ANTP gene class including the Hox, ParaHox and NK gene clusters that play pivotal roles in patterning the body plan. His group was also involved in the genome consortia for amphioxus, oyster, tapeworms, gar, butterfly and opisthokont protists. A current major goal of Peter Hollands lab is to understand the genetic basis of morphological diversity, and another is to use comparative data to illuminate human biology. He is addressing the role of homeobox genes in early development of the embryo and in the biology of the gut and pancreas and using comparisons between species to understand how homeobox genes gain new roles. Peter Holland will present a macroevolutionary approach to evo-devo questions at the Symposium “From tiny steps to major transitions - Evo-Devo on various scales” (Section: Developmental Biology).