UCL Division of Biosciences


Dr Avishikta Chakraborty

Research Fellow - Genetics and genomics of sexual antagonism

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2022

Research summary

How different organisms show diverse responses in their life history traits, fascinates me. I am interested in everything involving evolution, genetics, environment and selection.

Teaching summary


While I was a PhD student (2017-2021), I was a teaching associate on the following courses:

  • Genetics (GEN3030)
  • Biomedicine (BMS1011, BMS2022, BMS1062)
  • Biochemistry (BCH2011)
  • Medicine and Nursing (MED1100)
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Conservation (GEN3062)

I have also independently supervised multiple third year research students and two honours students who have worked under my guidance, on my experimental research during my PhD.


Masters, Integrated Masters in Biotechnology |
Doctorate, Investigating the nature and proximate causes of genetic variation in plasticity to combined environmental stressors |


I am a post doc with Max Reuter and Aida Andrés in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment. My project investigates the genetic and functional basis of sexual antagonism and its evolutionary dynamics in experimentally evolved populations of fruit flies.

I obtained my Integrated Masters in Biotechnology at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, India. My masters research was with Prof. Gaiti Hassan, at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India, wherein I investigated effectors in the flight circuit of Drosophila melanogaster.

Following which I did my PhD in Evolutionary biology with Prof. Carla Sgrò and Dr, Christen Mirth in Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Here I examined genetic variation in plasticity of key life history traits (development time, body size and viability) in response to changes in combinations of nutritional and thermal stress. I did this using two Drosophila resources;  1) three locally-adapted mass bred populations of D. melanogaster collected from the East Coast of Australia and  2) a new set of 81 inbred isogenic lines derived from a freshly collected outbred population of D. melanogaster sampled from the central part of its distribution in eastern Australia.