Theoretical biologist at the University of Pennsylvania (
University College London and University of Zurich).
I am interested in energetics and genetics in origin and evolution of complex life. At the core of my research is the ancient symbiosis between bacteria and archaea, that eventually gave rise to mitochondriate eukaryotes. My long-term goal is to explain why life on Earth is the way it is, and offer predictions on possible signatures of extraterrestrial life. Current major themes in my research are:
Major transitions in individuality and eukaryotic life-history evolution: sex, mating types, sexes. BEEES seminar, University of Zurich, 21st March 2017.
Evolutionary dynamics of cytoplasmic segregation and fusion: Mitochondrial mixing facilitated the evolution of sex at the origin of eukaryotes. ECMTB/SMB 2016, Nottingham, UK. July 2016.
Cytoplasmic conflict and the evolution of paternally controlled asymmetric sex @ EMBO: Exploring the genomic complexity and diversity of eukaryotes, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, October 2015.
Evolutionary dynamics of cytoplasmic segregation II: uniparental inheritance and paternal leakage, seminar @ UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment, London, September 2015.
Selection for mitochondrial quality drives the evolution of germline and sexes, poster presentation. @ Mathematical models in ecology and evolution, Paris, July 2015.
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