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Dating Mammalian Evolution

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:14:37 +0000

When the age of the dinosaurs ended around 65 million years ago, mammals stepped in to fill the gap, and the age of the placentals began. However, whether early placental mammals were already present on Earth before the demise of the dinosaurs has been the subject of a long standing debate. Recent research in GEE [...]

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The Delicate Balance of Effect and Response

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:50:36 +0000

We may not always be aware of it, but many wild plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria, provide crucial services to us which keep the ecosystems of Earth functioning. Environmental changes caused by human activities are now threatening many species, and those that cannot withstand these changes may be lost forever, potentially taking the services [...]

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It’s All in the Wrist

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:18:20 +0000

The evolution of the primate wrist has been dramatic, enabling primates to adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles and walking styles, including tree-swinging, climbing and terrestrial walking both on four legs and two. In hominids, the evolution of the bipedal gait freed up the forelimbs for tool use, and the wrist evolved independently from [...]

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The Transcriptional Profile of A ‘Wingman’

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:25:48 +0000

In many species, males have special adaptations to attract females. From antlers to stalk-eyes, to bright plumage and beards, males across the animal kingdom work hard to look attractive to the opposite sex. In some species, looking good isn’t enough, though. Male wild turkeys need a less attractive ‘wingman’ to help him attract a woman. [...]

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Damage and Fidelity: The Role of the Female Germline in mtDNA Inheritance

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:13:12 +0000

Billions of years ago, one single-celled organism engulfed another, beginning a symbiotic interaction that would change live on Earth forever. The mitochondria are what remains of this symbiotic event, and are responsible for producing energy in all eukaryotic cells. Derived from a free-living organism, they carry their own genes, but these genes are at risk [...]

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GRANT SUCCESSES FOR GEE

14 May 2010

Summary of recent successes


30 March 2011

Warmest congratulations go to Dr Anjali Goswami who with her colleague Dr Paul Upchurch (Dept of Earth Sciences) were awarded £157,799 in a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant to support a 3-year project entitled ‘Testing the Relationships between Latitude and Biodiversity in the Cretaceous’.  For this project, they will be appointing a postdoctoral researcher (see Job vacancies page)


Warmest congratulations also go to Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares who has been awarded a BBSRC grant BB/I021213/1 for 'The genetics of human physical appearance'.  (The value will be announced shortly).

Links:  

Dr Anjali Goswami

Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares


3 March 2011

Congratulations go to Dr Nick Lane who, as Principal Organizer, submitted a proposal to The Royal Society (Hooke Committee) entitled "Energy transduction and genome function - an evolutionary synthesis" to form part of the Society's 2012 scentific discussion meeting programme in London.  Dr Lane receives this support along with his co-organizers Professor John F Allen, Professor John A Raven FRS and Professor William Martin.

The two day meeting will be held 12-13 November 2012, followed by a Satellite Meeting provisionally on 14-15 November 2012.

Link:

Dr Nick Lane


4 February 2011

Warmest congratulations go to GEE's Prof Jürg Bähler and Dr Matt Piper for their successful BBSRC grant applications.

Prof Bahler's project : 'Identification of Genetic Factors Affecting Cellular Ageing in Fission Yeast': ~£760,000 Dr Piper's project: 'Investigating the mechanisms by which amino acids balance and reduced TOR signalling improve healthy lifespan' ~£520,000

Link:  Prof Jürg Bähler and Dr Matt Piper


2 July 2010

Congratulations go to Dr Anjali Goswami (UCL GEE and Earth Sciences) and Dr Christophe Soligo (UCL Anthropology) who were awarded £393,099 by NERC for their project 'Morphological clocks – Quantifying module- and lineage-specific variation in rates of morphological evolution in the primate skull'.

18 May 2010

In a joint application Dr Paola Oliveri was awarded of 337,500 USD (~= £229,713 ) by the Human Frontier Science Program for Characterization of light-dependent rhythmic processes in the marine environment.

In December 2009, she was  awarded by the UCL CIF funding for The nCounter Analysis System: a New Powerful and Versatile Digital RNA Quantifier for Biomedical Research. The nCounter machine (Nanostring) just arrived here at UCL and soon a  service page will be set up.


31 March 2010

Prof Max Telford receives BBSRC award for £592,597 for Molecular developmental analyses of animal larval development: searching for deep homology and from The Leverhulme Trust £178,177 to undertake research into the convergence or homology of larvae and guts in animal evolution.

Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares was awarded £122,000 by The Leverhulme Trust to develop a network for the evolution of Latin American populations.

In a joint application, Prof Jürg Bähler was awarded £231,003 by The Wellcome Trust for The Fission Yeast Database PomBase.

Links:

Prof Max Telford
Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares
Prof Jürg Bähler


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