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Dr Max Reuter

Dr Max Reuter

Reader in Evolutionary Genetics

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Jun 2004

Research summary

I am an evolutionary biologist working on questions of phenotypic and genomic evolution.

The big question behind my empirical work is how selection brings about phenotypic evolution through changes in gene expression. I address this question by studying the evolution of sexual dimorphism, i.e., phenotypic differences between males and females. Because in most species males and females share almost all genes, dimorphism relies entirely on expression differences. I use the fruit fly as a model and combine quantitative genetics and transcriptome analysis to learn about how selection drives changes in differential expression of individual genes, as well as the factors constraining this evolutionary response.

In parallel to my experimental work on fruit flies, I am working on several collaborative bioinformatics projects dealing with the structure of genomes. Exploiting publicly available genome data, I am studying the evolution of different classes of 'non-coding' DNA, such as transposable elements and UTRs. Non-coding DNA makes up a significant part of eukaryotic genomes and my projects help elucidate how mutation and selection contribute to diversity and variation in structure between and within genomes.

Teaching summary

I organise and teach on 'Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology' (BIOL2011), and teach on 'Sex, Genes and Evolution' (BIOL3012) as well as in CoMPLEX.

I have been involved in developing and running the MRes and PhD programme in Systems Biology.

Education

Universite de Lausanne
PhD, Entomology | 2002
Universitat Zürich
MSc, Zoology | 1997
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Vord., Biology | 1994
Publications