Evolutionary Biology Laboratory

Welcome to the Evolutionary Biology Laboratory at IISER Mohali!

 

We work in the broad area of evolutionary genetics. Our special interest lies in understanding the co-evolution between males and females of a species. In promiscuous species, the correlation for fitness between males and females is less than one. Thus, males and females can potentially evolve traits that increase their own Darwinian fitness but harm the fitness of the other sex. This leads to open-ended cycles of adaptation and counter adaptation - a form of intra-species Red Queen process - often called Intersexual Conflict. Such antagonistic co-evolution between sexes has been suggested to drive rapid divergence between populations in their life-history and behaviour and act as an engine for speciation. The long term goal of our lab is to understand the interplay between sexual conflict, sexual selection and life-history evolution. Specifically, we are working on

 

Sexual conflict and Sexual Selection

Evolutionary Ecology of immunity

Life-History Evolution

 

Lab News:

December 2018

Dr. Prasad is elected a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy

September 2018

Aparajita presents her research at EMPSEB24 in Bubión, Granada (Spain)

August 2018

Manas presents a poster at the Second Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in Montpellier.

Arjit Jere joins the lab as a PhD Student  

June 2018

Zeeshan joins Prof. Scott Pitnick at Syracuse University as a Post Doctoral Fellow.

 

May 2018


Karan, Prakhar, Harshavardhan, Aatashi, Vaibhvi, Reshma and Parvathy get awarded their BS-MS degrees on the 7th convocation IISER Mohali. 

March 2018

TJ and Rohit attend The Third Bangalore School on Population Genetics and Evolution (PGE2018) at ICTS Bangalore

 

January 2018

It is very cold.

Zeeshan successfully defends his PhD thesis titled "Sex, and Its tentacles: The impact of sexual conflict on reproductive and life history trait evolution and reproductive isolation among populations." Mubarkaan!!!

December 2017

Uddyalok attends the National Drosophila Research Conference at IISER Bhopal.

Zeeshan, Rohit, Ruchika, Komal, Neetika and Aparajita attend the Conference on Evolutionary and Integrative Biology at IISER Pune.

 

Vinesh joins Dr. Guy Bloch's group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Post-doctoral Fellow. 

October 2017

Rohit, Komal, Vaibhvi, Reshma, Harshvardhan and undergraduates attend the International Conference in Zoological Sciences and Ants at Punjabi University in Patiala.

Rohit and Komal win Best Talk Award

Zeeshan joins Dr. Bodhisatta Nandy at IISER Berhampur as a Post Doctoral Fellow.

August 2017

Aabeer Kumar Basu joins the lab as a PhD Student  

July 2017

Zeeshan's paper gets covered by The Hindu- http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/inter-sex-arms-race-leads-to-new-species-formation/article19193775.ece

June 2017

Zeeshan's paper 'Reproductive Isolation through Experimental Manipulation of Sexually Antagonistic Coevolution in Drosophila melanogaster' gets published in Nature Scientific Reports.

May 2017


Atisha, Sushma, Akansha, Martik, Megha and Ekta get awarded their BS-MS degrees on the 6th convocation IISER Mohali.

April 2017

Dr. Bodhisatta Nandy, former PhD student receives INSA medal for young scientist award 2017.
Dr. Imroze Khan joins Ashoka University as Assistant Professor.

 

February 2017

 

Dr. Vanika Gupta joins Prof. Brian Lazzaro at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA as a post-doctorate fellow.

January 2017

 

Ruchika joins the lab as a PhD student. :)

 

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