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Ian Warren



Research Department of Genetics, Environment & Evolution,
University College London,
Wolfson House,
4 Stephenson Way,
London,
NW1 2HE,
United Kingdom.

e-mail: i.warren@ucl.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7679 7425
Fax: +44 (0) 207 679 5052

Research Interests:

I am interested in the genes that regulate the development of hypercephaly in stalk-eyed flies and to find a molecular mechanism for sexual selection. Since the stalk-eyed fly is not a classic "model" organism there is not a large amount of information on stalk-eyed fly genetics. As a result I am developing a transgenic protocol for stalk-eyed flies. Currently I have developed a robust injection protocol and am testing out different transposonable elements (piggybac, minos, hermes and mariner) as vectors for inserting genes.

In addition I am looking at basic embryology of stalk-eyed flies am also using histological techniques to study whether hypercephaly is caused by an increase in cell size or an increase in cell number.