• Deepa Agashe
  • Hiroshi Akashi
  • Victor Albert
  • Ping Ao
  • Marco Archetti


  • Ian Barnes
  • Justin Blumenstiel
  • Jacobus J. Boomsma


  • Shu-Miaw Chaw
  • Xiao-Shu Chen
  • Hua Chen
  • Wei Chen
  • Charleston Chiang
  • Murray Cox
  • Thomas Currie


  • Cheng Deng
  • Jaimie Dick
  • Shou-Wei Ding
  • Yun Ding
  • Christine Disteche
  • Bo Dong
  • Nguyen Thuy Duong


  • Scott V. Edwards
  • Kathryn Elmer
  • Adam Eyre-Walker


  • Takema Fukatsu
  • Kenji Fukushima
  • Chikara Furusawa


  • Zhi-Kun Gai
  • Brigitte Galliot
  • Jennifer Graves
  • Zhenglong Gu


  • Xiong-Lei He
  • Andreas Hejnol
  • Michael Hiller
  • Tatsuya Hirasawa
  • Masaki Hoso
  • Yibo Hu
  • Jae Won Huh


  • Yasuo Ihara
  • Hideki Innan
  • Naoki Irie
  • Asano Ishikawa


  • Kavita Jain
  • Ning Jiang
  • Elizabeth Jockusch


  • Kunihiko Kaneko
  • Shoji Kawamura
  • Philipp Khaitovich
  • Jun Kitano
  • Miho Kitazawa
  • Jason de Koning
  • Daisuke Koyabu
  • Martin Kuhlwilm
  • Shigeru Kuratani
  • Wibhu Kutanan


  • Martin Lascoux
  • Carol Lee
  • James H. Leebens-Mack
  • Jun-Yi Leu
  • Dai-Qin Li
  • Wen-Hsiung Li
  • Xiang-Yi Li
  • David Liberles
  • Xiao Liu
  • Man-Yuan Long
  • Tsai-Ming Lu
  • Xue-Mei Lu
  • Zhe-Xi Luo
  • Victor Luria


  • Hugh MacIsaac
  • Ruth Mace
  • Kateryna Makova
  • John Malone
  • Ya-Fei Mao
  • Axel Meyer
  • Antonia Monteiro
  • Minoru Moriyama


  • Takefumi Nakazawa
  • Shoji Naoe
  • Randolph Nesse
  • Rasmus Nielsen
  • Miyamoto Norio


  • Gudbjorg Asta Olafsdottir
  • Ludovic Orlando


  • Maude Phipps
  • Naomi Pierce
  • Peter Prentis


  • Bruce Rannala
  • Martin Reichard
  • Frank Rheindt
  • Nicolas Rohner
  • Susan Rosenberg


  • Akira Sakurai
  • Noriyuki Satoh
  • Yoko Satta
  • Kyoichi Sawamura
  • Igor V. Sharakhov
  • Qing-Hua Shi
  • Wen-Ying Shou
  • Shantanu Shukla
  • Graham Slater
  • Pamela Soltis
  • Doug Soltis
  • Mark Stoneking
  • Nicholas J. Strausfeld
  • Daichi G. Suzuki


  • Hidenori Tachida
  • Koji Tamura
  • Koichiro Tamura
  • Yoshinori Tomoyasu


  • Nicole Valenzuela
  • Arjan de Visser


  • Douglas Wallace
  • John Wang
  • Rui-Wu Wang
  • Ji-Guang Wang
  • Milind Watve
  • Chao-Chun Wei


  • Xing Xu
  • Shu-Hua Xu


  • Zi-Heng Yang
  • Tracy Chih-Ting Koubková Yu


  • Ya-Ping Zhang
  • Jian-Zhi Zhang
  • Hao Zheng
  • Xin Zhou
  • Zhong-He Zhou
  • Min Zhu
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Deepa Agashe
INSPIRE Faculty Fellow (PI),
National Center for Biological ,Sciences, Bangalore, India

Agashe Lab address various aspects of adaptive evolution using bacterial and insect populations. The lab primarily use laboratory experimental evolution, next-generation sequencing, and bioinformatics and molecular biological approaches in the lab. However, to place our findings in the appropriate ecological context, the lab are increasingly including analyses of natural populations. For instance, we have extensively characterized 20 wild-collected populations of flour beetles and recently sequenced the genomes of those showing extreme life history or behavioral phenotypes. We are now beginning to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the observed trait variation. We also aim to explore microbial evolution in natural populations, focusing on microbial communities associated with insect guts. Broadly, our work may be grouped under these two themes: Bacterial genome evolution: codon bias, tRNA genes, and genome GC content; Insect adaptation to novel resources: genes, behavioural choices, and gut microbes.

Hiroshi Akashi
National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan

Research in Dr Akashi's  laboratory focuses on identifying adaptation at the molecular level. The lab study mechanisms of molecular evolution through a  combination of laboratory work to sequence DNA from within and between closely related species, computational analyses of DNA sequence data available from public databases, and theoretical studies of population genetic predictions for molecular evolution. In particular, the lab are interested in detecting molecular variation with subtle fitness effects. Natural selection can have an important impact on the long-term evolution of such mutations but cannot be measured directly in the laboratory, or in natural populations.

Victor Albert
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Victor Albert's research employs genomic, developmental, and genetic approaches to understanding problems in plant evolutionary biology. Areas of current interest include: (i) Sequencing and characterization of the avocado and Amborella genomes (Amborella being the sister species to all other flowering plants, and avocado lying near the base of angiosperm phylogeny) and use these and other genomes in an attempt to uncover reproductive regulatory mechanisms common to the “ancestral angiosperm”; (ii) Population genomic approaches to the study of interspecies admixture, local environmental adaptation, and the evolution of agriculturally important traits; (iii) Genomics of the coffee plant, seeking evidence for factors underlying the massive diversification of its parent lineage in fruit types and secondary compound chemistries, and working toward better knowledgeof traits important for developing agricultural systems; (iv) Reconstruction of whole-genome duplication history as it relates to the diversification of flowering plants, also the ancestral gene order for all angiosperms; (v) The genetic basis for convergent evolution and “adaptive” radiations of plant forms, for example among carnivorous plants; (vi) The role of mechanistic co-option in the evolution of carnivorous plant physiology, for example, by repurposing of pathogenesis-related gene functions.

Ping Ao
Professor ,
Shanghai Center for System Biomedicine

Prof. Ping Ao's research is interdisciplinary, ranging from biology, to engineering and physics. Both dry and wet approaches have been employed.

In (systems) biology, his research consists of four major programs: cancer network dynamics, metabolism, evolutionary biology, and stochastic dynamics.In physics, research on condensed matter physics and non-equilibrium physics is still active.

Recently, his group has been developing a new method on stochastic differential equations, and have solved two fundamental problems in evolutionary biology; found the first generic construction of Lyapunov function in whole state space; and formulated a cancer dynamical and a kinetic metabolic pathway frameworks.

Marco Archetti
Lecturer (Associate Professor)
University of East Anglia, UK

He studies evolutionary game theory of cancer, in particular conflict and cooperation for the production of growth factors among cancer cells, using mathematical models and laboratory experiments. Cancer cells can be used to test the predictions of evolutionary game theory, and the logic of game theory can help understand open issues in cancer research like intra-tumor heterogeneity, the evolution of resistance to therapies and the design of evolution-proof therapies. He is a lecturer (associate professor) in evolutionary theory at the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK), and he was previously a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford (UK) and he did research in evolutionary theory, game theory and cancer dynamics at Harvard University (USA) and at the University of Basel (Switzerland). 

Ian Barnes
Molecular Palaeobiology, PalaeoGenetics

My research involves the use of molecular techniques to investigate evolutionary problems. I mainly use ancient DNA - DNA recovered from historical, archaeological and palaeontological materials - in these studies.

Biologists use evolutionary theory as a means to understand and explain the natural world. Two of the fundamental processes in evolution are extinction, where species die out, and speciation, where new species come into existence. It is particularly important to understand these processes at present, as climate and environment change seem to be having a major effect on the world's plants and animals. One way in which we try to understand how environmental changes affect living things is by studying past times and places where we know these changes occurred, trying to deduce what effect they had on the native animals and plants.

Justin Blumenstiel
Associate professor,
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas-Lawrence

Dr.Blumenstiel research is focused on understanding how genetic conflict shapes the evolution of systems of inheritance. Meiosis and sexual reproduction are prevalent across the tree of life, but they can be exploited by genetic parasites in ways that harm the host. Dr.Blumenstiel is  particularly interested in understanding how this genetic conflict shapes the evolution of genetic and epigenetic systems. He's lab are especially interested in answers to the following questions: How do RNA silencing mechanisms evolve in the face of varying transposable element content across species? How does the persistence of genetic conflict shape mechanisms of epigenetic gene control by small RNAs?  What are the mechanisms underlying changes in the rate of recombination? Are these changes driven by natural selection or drift? How has conflict shaped the machinery of meiosis? To answer these questions, Dr.Blumenstiel's lab  work with different species within the Drosophila genus, including Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila virilis. The lab uses a wide variety of approaches including cytogenetics, bioinformatics, molecular genetics and population genetics. The lab are especially interested in the evolutionary dynamics of transposable element control and gene regulation by piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs). Overall, the lab hope to integrate the experimental approach within a broader theoretical framework.

Jacobus J. Boomsma

Professor Jacobus J. Boomsma is interested in the biology of conflict and cooperation, including the behavioral ecology, population genetics and evolution of social insects and their parasites and mutualists. His research focuses on the Latin-American fungus-growing ants and their microbial symbionts, using a combination of field studies, lab experiments, and molecular/genomic analyses. They also develop and test social evolution theory, with Hamiltonian inclusive fitness as leading principle. He direct the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution (CSE), which has a number of complementary research programs including one on the application of evolutionary concepts to medical questions. Professor Jacobus J. Boomsma is or has been supported by the Danish Natural Science Research Council, the Danish National Research Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation, and the European Commission (ERC grant and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions).

Shu-Miaw Chaw
Distinguished Research Fellow,
Director of Biodiversity Research Center

Professor Chaw received her Ph.D. degree (1985) in Tulane University, USA. Her major research focus on phylogenetic relationships among the five groups of extant seed plants. To re-examine this long-standing issue, she has been determining the complete chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes of many key seed plants and lower vascular plants. In addition to obtain a better resolved phylogenetic tree of extant seed plants, she aim to seek for more solid structural evidence for the clades in the tree. Her lab is also interested in the characterization and evolution of novel or useful secondary metabolic genes from some indigenous plants with commercial or pharmaceutical values. She has been also investigating the functional divergence of chlorophyll-degradation-related genes encoded the enzyme Chlorophyllase, whose isoforms are expressed in cotyledons, leaves, fruits, and seed coats of soybeans.

Xiao-Shu Chen
Sun Yat-sen University

Dr.Chen and her collaborators studied two fundamental genetic questions in depth, and yielded ground-breaking findings. First, they studied the determinant of DNA mutation rate in three aspects, including nucleosome coverage, transcription and nascent RNA folding. Their findings revealed that chromatin structure, genic biochemical activity and transcriptional products can regulate genetic events, greatly extended the understanding of the mechanism underlying nonrandom mutation. Second, by using multiple novel high-throughput sequencing data, they rejected the Ohnohypothesis from various angles, clarified the absence of sex chromosome dosage compensation in mammals, renewing the necessity for a novel mechanism of X chromosome inactivation. 

Hua Chen
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Hua Chen, Professor at Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Science. His research interests are in population genetics and computational genomics. He develops theoretical models for for the joint allele frequency spectrum and its large sample approximation etc. He also develops methods for detecting natural selection and inferring demographic history using genomic polymorphism.

Wei Chen
Chair Professor ,
Department of Biology, SUSTech.

Prof. Chen obtained his Ph.D. degree from Max-Panck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in 2006. He trained in human molecular genetics and bioinformatics. Between 2007 and 2008, he stayed the same institute and led a research group. His group developed one of the first experimental and data analysis pipelines for Illumina/Solexa sequencing. At 2009, he moved to a newly established Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology at Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine, where he led the Lab of Systems Biology and Functional Genomics. At 2016, he returned to China and is now chair professor at Department of Biology, SUSTech.

His lab has been developing various genomics assays based on the novel sequencing technology. The research interest of hid lab is to understand the mechanisms underling post-transcriptional gene regulation and their important role in causing human diseases.

Charleston Chiang
Assistant Professor, the Center for Genetic Epidemiology,
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Dr. Chiang main research interest is in using genomic data tounderstand the evolution of complex traits and the history of humanpopulations, as these insights will be critical for future medical geneticsstudies and in practicing personalized medicine. He has led past andongoing medical genetics studies in mapping genetic loci underlying humancomplex traits (e.g. anthropometric and cardiometabolic traits) in diversepopulations, including cohorts of African Americans, Sardinians, and Finns. He has investigated extensively the evolutionary forces that shaped the pattern ofgenetic variability, and consequently, phenotypic distribution. This work included understanding the population demographic history of diverse populations, such as Sardinia and Finland. Dr. Chiang has also studied the evolutionarypattern of height-associated loci and demonstrated they are under directionalselection in Europe.

Murray Cox
Massey University, New Zealand

Prof Cox addresses fundamental questions in contemporary genomics: addressing biological questions at the interface of genomics, computer science and statistics. He is particularly interested in modeling genome dynamics - firstly, establishing how genetic variation is distributed within and between individuals, and secondly, determining how this diversity changes over evolutionary time. He is currently applying these approaches to develop new methods of demographic inference with the aim of reconstructing human prehistory in the Pacific region.

Thomas Currie

Dr Currie's research focuses on investigating human behaviour and cultural diversity using evolutionary theory. He use quantitative techniques to test competing hypotheses about how cultural traits and societies change over time, and to understand what ecological and social factors drive the evolution of social and political organization. Some of this research involves global-scale analyses, while other aspects have focused on Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa, which represent ideal testing grounds for comparative studies of social and cultural evolution. Dr Currie  also interested in practical applications of this approach to aid in the development of social policy to help solve real-world problems.

Cheng Deng
Cheng Deng ,
Nanjing normal university

Dr. Deng and his collaborators study on adaptive evolution and co-evolution of GPCR and peptide ligands; Adaptive evolution and functional studies of orphan GPCRs in mammals and human being; Prediction and functional studies of novel peptides; Finally identify in-vivo and in-vitro function of these GPCR receptor-ligand pairs on mouse animal model.

QML(Queen's University Marine Laboratory) hosts an interdisciplinary team of biologists, modellers and engineers, pursuing applied research in marine resources and blue-skies research in organismal biology including anatomy, phylogenetics, and ecosystem dynamics.

Shou-Wei Ding
Director, Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics Graduate Program

Many high profile infectious diseases such as tobacco mosaic, SARS, avian flu, West Nile, dengue and AIDS, are caused by viruses with an RNA genome. Our research programs focus on defining a role of RNA silencing (also known as RNAi) in virus infection of several model organisms, including Arabidopsis (Plant Cell 16:1302-13), Drosophila melanogaster (Science 296:1319-21), and Caenorhabditis elegans (Nature 436: 1040-43).

Yun Ding
Research Scientist,
Janelia Research Campus, HHMI

Ding's research passion centers on a mechanistic understanding of how phenotypic novelties arise during evolution, especially, how novel behavioral patterns arise through genetic changes altering neuronal functions. She use the evolution of Drosophila courtship song as model system, and take two different and complementary approaches to understand this question at both the genetic level and the neuronal level: first, a genetic approach to identify the causal genes/mutations underlying the phenotypic difference within and between species; second, a neural-comparative approach to reveal the evolutionary dynamics and intrinsic property of neural circuitry that contributes to the evolvability of behavior.

Christine Disteche
University of Washington

The focus of research in Prof.Disteche's lab, the X chromosome, provides a model for a naturally occurring “aneuploidy” caused by the evolution of a specific set of sex-determining chromosomes that differ in their copy number between males (XY) and females (XX). A fundamental issue in biology and medicine is to understand the effects of aneuploidy on gene expression and the mechanisms that alleviate imbalances of the genome. Such imbalances cause specific disorders including mental retardation and cancer.The X chromosome has evolved specific genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of dosage compensation, which the lab investigate using global approaches in terms of chromatin modifications during stem cell differentiation and embryo development. The lab are also interested in the impact of X-linked genes in producing sex-specific differences.Prof.Disteche's research is funded by grants from the NIGMS and NIMH.

Bo Dong
Ocean University of China

His group is principally interested in evolutionary developmental mechanisms of tissue/organ morphogenesis using urochordates (marine ascidians) and Drosophila as models. Through the combination of genetics, physical model and molecular imaging, his work revealed the complex cellular processes, the morphogenetic signaling network and physical basis for biological tube geometry control and larval metamorphosis.

Nguyen Thuy Duong
IGR, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Thuy Duong is a researcher at the Institute for Genome Research, Vietnamese Academy of Sciences, in Hanoi, and together with her colleague Prof. Nong Van Hai, she has been studying the genetic history of Vietnamese populations.

Scott V. Edwards
Harvard University

Scott Edwards' research focuses on diverse aspects of avian biology, including evolutionary history and biogeography, disease ecology, population genetics and comparative genomics. His recent work uses comparative genomics to study evolution and adaptation in birds, including ecological adaptations in the Neotropics and the origin of flightlessness. Most recently he has used comparative genomics to understand the origins of feathers and is particularly interested in how the non-coding genome contributes to evolutionary novelty.

Kathryn Elmer
Senior Lecturer
University of Glasgow, UK

Her primary motivation is to understand the role of natural selection and the environment in the diversification of species. By focusing on replicate geographical contexts and benefiting from our burgeoning ability to "genomicize" ecological model systems, she endeavours to address long-standing questions about evolution in new ways. Her research program is built upon two major hierarchies of questions:

  1. How does natural selection act on the genomic and phenotypic variability of populations to promote speciation? How and when can we discern selective from non-selective factors in evolution?
  2. What is the role of intrinsic properties of taxa (e.g. genetic variation, genome architecture) in the potential for adaptation and speciation?
Adam Eyre-Walker
Professor ,
Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment),University of Sussex, UK

The principle of focus of Walker's research is the rate, pattern and effects of mutations. The lab study these questions through the statistical analysis of DNA sequences and mathematical modeling, largely from an evolutionary perspective. The lab interests range from the rate of adaptive evolution, to the evolution of base composition and how the mutation rate varies across the genome. Prof.Walker also have a growing interest in the sociology of science.

Takema Fukatsu
Prime Senior Researcher/Professor,
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)/ University of Tokyo, Japan

Prof.Fukatsu's main research targets are diverse insect-microbe endosymbiotic associations. He is also interested in sophisticated biological interactions found with parasitism, reproductive manipulation, morphological manipulation, animal sociality, etc. Mechanisms underlying these biological interactions are investigated by using multi-disciplinary approaches including molecular biology, genetics, genomics, physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology.

Kenji Fukushima
Postdoctoral researcher
University of Colorado Denver

Dr.Fukushima is an evolutionary biologist with primary research interest in convergent evolution, plant carnivory, and leaf development. His current work includes the genomics of carnivorous plants and the development of new methods for molecular convergence detection.

Chikara Furusawa

Dr. Chikara Furusawa is studying universal features in living systems, by using both theoretical and experimental studies. Also, based on the knowledge obtained by such theoretical/experimental studies, he is trying to make progress for bioengineering studies.

Zhi-Kun Gai
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology

The origin of jawed vertebrates represents that last major overhaul of vertebrate anatomy in our deep evolutionary ancestry. The lab research sought to better understand the gradual changes in the organisation of the head through this formative episode in evolutionary history. The lab achieved this chiefly by elucidating the anatomy of the head of a group of extinct fossil fishes called the galeaspids which reflect the nature of the immediate ancestors of jawed vertebrates. 

The significance of Dr.Gai work is underlined by the fact that the lab first paper has been published in the world-leading journal Nature. In less 3 years, the work of Shuyu has been cited 30 times, among which 4 times come from Nature paper, 16 times come from molecular and developmental paper. The work of Shuyu was also selected into textbooks 《Vertebrate Palaeontology》(Fourth edition),《History of life》(Fifth edition) , and the cover story of 《New Scientist》.

Brigitte Galliot
Department of Genetics and Evolution, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Brigitte Galliot, MD, PhD, was trained in Paris, Strasbourg (France) and Heidelberg (Germany). Since 1993, she directs her own research group in Geneva (Switzerland), focusing on the mechanisms that allow an adult organism to reactivate its developmental program(s) after injury. Her laboratory is using the freshwater Hydra polyp as model system, an animal equipped with highly dynamic adult stem cell populations, which regenerates any missing part after amputation. Her team contributed to show the high level of genetic conservation between Hydra and vertebrates, the major impact of cell death in animal regeneration, and the genetic plasticity of epithelial cells.

Jennifer Graves
La Trobe University, Australia

Jennifer Graves made seminal contributions to the understanding of mammalian genome organization and evolution, exploiting the genetic diversity of Australia's unique animals as a source of genetic variation to study highly conserved genetic structures and processes. Her studies of the chromosomes and genes of kangaroos and platypus, devils (Tasmanian) and dragons (lizards) has shed light on the organisation, function and evolution of mammalian genomes, and led to influential new theories of the origin and evolution of human sex chromosomes and sex determining genes. She is (in)famous for her prediction that the human Y chromosome is disappearing. She made critical discoveries that the epigenetic silencing of mammalian X chromosomes occurred by transcriptional inhibition, and is mediated by DNA methylation. Her recent work, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Canberra, explores epigenetics and sex determination, using reptile models that have sex chromosomes, but undergo sex reversal at high temperatures.

Zhenglong Gu
Associate Professor,
Cornell University

Zhenglong Gu is an evolutionary biologist. With training in both dry and wet labs, he started his own lab at Cornell University by investigating the evolution of aerobic fermentation in yeasts. The similarity between yeast evolution and metabolic changes in human diseases, such as cancers, called his attention to the mitochondrion, the metabolic, energetic and signalling hubs of eukaryotic cells.

Xiong-Lei He
Sun Yat-sen University

Dr.He, has been using yeast as a model system to study tremendous questions in evolutionary genomics, re-defining a number of key concepts, such as essential genes and epistasis. With the advance of the next generation sequencing and related high-throughput technologies, more revolutionary findings that can promote our understanding on evolution are expected. Here, the lab welcome submitted papers that aim to understand evolutionary mechanisms with yeasts as model organisms.

Andreas Hejnol
University of Bergen

Andreas Hejnol is research group leader at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology in Bergen, Norway. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Comparative Zoology from the Free University Berlin, Germany in 2002 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow inthe laboratory of Ralf Schnabel in Braunschweig and at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory in the lab of Mark Q. Martindale in Hawaii. He started his research group “Comparative Developmental Biology” at the Sars Centre in 2009. His current research interest on descriptive, experimental molecular developmental biology of a broad range of invertebrates and includes comparative genomic approaches and phylogenomics. The main research goal is to understand the evolutionary origin and diversification of animal body plans.

Michael Hiller
Group Leader
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

The Hiller lab combines computational and experimental approaches to discover the genomic basis that underlies macroevolutionary phenotypic change, which is an important aspect to understanding how nature’s phenotypic diversity evolved. On the computational side, we develop and apply new methods to generate large, high-quality genome alignments, to discover key genomic differences between species, and to associate genomic to phenotypic differences. On the experimental side, we use functional genomics techniques to reveal the molecular function of genomic regions and to test causality between genomic and phenotypic differences.

Tatsuya Hirasawa
Research Scientist,
RIKEN, Japan

Dr. Hirasawa majored in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Tokyo, and expanded his research field into evolutionary developmental biology. Through integration of data about fossils and embryonic developments, he has solved some problems in the musculoskeletal evolution of vertebrates. His current research interest focuses on the mechanism evolutionarily maintaining the connection of a muscle with the skeletal system, in particular tendons, and he has been working on the forelimb muscles and diaphragm as a model. It is expected to contribute to our better understanding of the relationship between development and phenotypic variability.

Masaki Hoso
Assistant Professor,
The Hakubi Project,Kyoto university

Masaki has been fascinated by the wonderful diversity of animals from childhood, when he enjoyed discovering various creatures in his backyard. Today, his research mainly focuses on the evolution of left-right asymmetry in animals and its ecological consequences. In particular, he is interested in the role of ecological interactions between and within species in the evolution of animal asymmetry. Although he knows that animal asymmetry cannot systematically form an academic field in biological sciences, at the same time he also believes that looking at human beings and other species through the common lens of asymmetry can provide an unprecedented view of our world. Through discovering and solving the mysteries of animal asymmetry, he intends to spread the idea that biodiversity conceals vast possibilities.

Yibo Hu
Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science

Since 2005, Dr. Hu has been studying on the conservation genetics and adaptiveevolution of giant panda and red panda, including the temporal and spatialdistribution of genetic diversity, endangerment history, sexual selection, andthe genetic mechanism of their convergent evolution. The related papers havebeen published in PNAS, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Ecology, MolecularEcology, etc.

Jae Won Huh
Senior Researcher
Korea National Primate Research Center (Daejon, South Korea)

Dr.Jae Won Huh is a senior researcher in Korea National Primate Research Center. He is leading research projects with main focus on functional genomics and evolutionary biology through genomics. Particularly, he has been contributing to unveiling mechanisms of gene evolutions using primates primate species, including humans.

Yasuo Ihara
University of Tokyo, Japan

Yasuo Ihara is a lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan. He has been working on applications of mathematical biology to evolutionary anthropology, primarily focusing on the evolution of human behavior. Currently his research interests include behavioral ecology ofhominins and other animals, evolutionary game theory, cultural evolution, and human mate choice.

Hideki Innan
Associate Professor,
Graduate University for Advanced Studies

Dr.Innan research interests cover a wide range of genetics-based evolutionary topics, including :[I] Coevolution of duplicated genes by gene conversion;[II] Selection and gene conversion in duplicated genes ;[III] Copy number variations (CNVs) of coding genes ;[IV] Population genetics of chromosomes that do not undergo crossing-over ; [V] Horizontal gene transfer in bacteria ;[VI] Domestication and local adaptation ;[VII] Human-Chimpanzee speciation process ;[VIII] Genome-wide pattern of polymorphism;[IX] Evolution of microRNA (miRNA),and other relatively young projects with no much result yet, plus our routine work on any kind of theoretical population genetics.

Naoki Irie
Associate Professor,
Univ. of Tokyo

Did we really pass through the fish-like stage when we were fetus, like Ernst Haeckel have once mentioned? If not, what can we formulate a relationship between evolution and development? More evolved (recently diverged, in precise) species are often said to be stuck into evolutional dead-end, or have less chance to have make radical anatomical change, but is it true? We still have maternal cells circulating in our body, but are they beneficial/harmful to us, or are they just a bystander? Our group focus on questions regarding animal development and evolution.

Asano Ishikawa
Assistant Professor
National Institute of Genetics

Asano Ishikawa presents her genetic study of three spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus and G. nipponicus) which reveals a key factor underlying thedifferent ability to colonize new fresh water niches. It demonstrates that acopy and paste transposition of fatty acid desaturase gene can increase their ecological opportunities and trigger the adaptive radiation.

Kavita Jain
Associate Professor

Kavita Jain is a theoretical physicist by training but her current research interest lies in theoretical population genetics. She is interested in understanding dynamics of adaptation and evolution of genetic systems. She is currently an associate professor at the J. Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore.

Ning Jiang
Michigan State University

Ning Jiang's lab studies the role of transposable elements. Particularly, they study a specific group of transposable elements, called Pack-MULEs, representing Mutator-like elements carrying gene or gene fragments. The activity of Pack-MULEs may lead to the generation of new genes as well as modify the structure and expression of existing genes.

Elizabeth Jockusch
Associate Professor
University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA

Research in the Jockusch lab is aimed at documenting patterns of phenotypic variation and understanding how evolutionary and developmental factors interact to create these patterns. They use a diversity of approaches, including comparative phylogenetics, molecular systematics, and developmental studies of gene function and expression. More recent work focuses on the developmental origin of the head helmet in treehoppers using transcriptomic approaches.

Kunihiko Kaneko
University of Tokyo

Prof.KANEKO 's Laboratory Research Interests: 

1.Biology-related problems;
2.Dynamical Systems ( High-dimensional Chaos, Biologically inspired dynamical systems, Nonequlibrium Phenomena.)

Shoji Kawamura
Department of Integrated Biosciences   
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences,The University of Tokyo

Research  It is crucial to understand humans within an evolutionary framework. By using (primarily) non-model organisms to explore genetic variation and its ecological correlates in wild populations, it is now possible to reevaluate the evolutionary significance of human genetic variation. The evolutionary diversity of sensory systems-the visual system in particular-is an excellent model case for addressing these questions because recent technical developments have enabled functional evaluation of the relevant genes.

Bearing these issues in mind, the lab pursue the following ongoing and prospective research projects using an interdisciplinary approach that spans molecular biology (population DNA sequencing, gene expression analysis, in vitro functional assays), biochemistry, population/evolutionary genetics, and behavioral ecology.

Philipp Khaitovich
Professor ,
Center for Data-Intensive Biomedicine and Biotechnology

In our laboratory, we search for molecular features specific to humans, through integrative analysis of genetic, transcriptomic and metabolomic data measured in modern and archaic humans, as well as closely related mammalian species: chimpanzees, macaques and mice. Following this approach, the lab have identified several molecular mechanisms that potentially underlie the evolution of the human phenotype features including exceptional cognitive abilities, as well as outstanding longevity.

Jun Kitano
National Institute of Genetics, Japan

Prof.Kitano research goal is to identify molecular changes underlying naturally occurring phenotypic variation and speciation and understand how such variations arise and spread within natural populations. Because of recent advances in genomic technologies, an increasing number of candidate genomic loci or genes responsible for adaptation and speciation have been identified. Molecular changes or causative mutations, however, have been rarely elucidated in most cases. Without knowing causative mutations, the lab cannot understand how many mutations are important, whether each mutation is additive or epistatic, or what kind of selective pressures have acted on each mutation.

Miho Kitazawa
Assistant Professor,
Osaka University

Miho Kitazawa is an assistant professor in Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka University. Her main interest is in the plant morphology, especially in the evolution of floral structures. She studies the stochasticity and robustness of floral structures by combining several methods including field observations and mathematical modeling based on the floral development.

Jason de Koning
Assistant Professor
University of Calgary

Professor de Koning is a computational and evolutionary geneticist. His lab is principally interested in bringing modelling advances in molecular evolution, population genetics, and comparative genomics to bear on interpreting the functional impacts and medical significance of personal genomic variation in humans. His group has recently been focused on the development of new computational approaches for the exact analysis of population genetic models under non-classical assumptions, on uncircular methods for training variant impact classifiers, and on the mechanistic basis for large-scale episodes of genome-wide sequence convergence.

Daisuke Koyabu
Assistant Proferssor,
Mammalian Biology,University Museum, University of Tokyo

Dr.Koyabu is interested in the evolutionary and developmental patterns of the mammalian cranium. He received his bachelor's degree from Kyoto University on organismal biology (major) and geology (minor) in 2006 and doctoral degree from University of Tokyo on evolutionary biology in 2011. His honors include Fritz-Frank Award from the German Society of Mammalian Biology, Young Scientist Award from The Mammal Society of Japan, and Young Scientist Initiative Award from the Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan.

Martin Kuhlwilm
Postdoctoral Researcher
UPF-IBE, Barcelona (Spain)

Dr.Martin Kuhlwilm is a researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He studied human and archaic genomics at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, contributing to the understanding of gene flow between hominin populations. Recently, he is working on the population history and patterns of admixture in great apes.

Shigeru Kuratani

The ultimate goal of Pro.Kuratani research project is to reconstruct the mechanical background of development behind evolutionary novelties in vertebrates, such as jaws and turtle crapace, by comparing developmental processes and patterns between different animal species to identify the changed portion of development, by constructing phenocopies to modify a part of developmental programs of model animals, and by integrating the experimental data with fossil data, phylogenetic trees based on molecular data, and variety of genomes in animals.

Wibhu Kutanan
Asst. Prof.
Khoen Kaen University, Thailand

Dr. Wibhu Kutanan is Assistant Professor of Biology at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. His scientific research has focused on genetic structure and genetic history of various ethnicities who speak Tai-Kadai, Austroasiatic and Sino-Tibetan languages from Thailand. His ongoing researches with Prof.Mark Stoneking from MPI-EVA are to test the origin of the Thais, the majority in Thailand whether they descended based on demic diffusion, cultural diffusion or admixture models.

Martin Lascoux
Uppsala University

Prof. Martin Lascoux is a population geneticist working at Uppsala University, Sweden, since 1997. Prof. Martin Lascoux has also been a visiting professor over a period of 5 years (2010-2014) at PICB-CAS Shanghai (in Prof.Li Haipeng's lab) and at Fudan University (Shanghai) in Prof. David Waxman’s group.  As most population genetics, his interest has been to understand the forces involved in the origin, distribution and maintenance of genetic variation in space and time. Lately their group has been working on an array of questions related to this main topic such the interplay between past population demography and local adaptation, the evolution of allotetraploid species, the relationship between deleterious mutations, effective population size and life history traits and testing predictions of the nearly neutral theory.We have primarily used plant species when addressing these questions.

Research in Prof.Lee's laboratory focuses on why particular populations could invade novel habitats, whereas others cannot. Lee's lab currently explores genomic mechanisms underlying physiological adaption associated with habitat invasions.  Her lab is investigating physiological and genetic targets of selection during repeated and independent freshwater invasions. 

James H. Leebens-Mack
Plant Biology,The University of Georgia

Prof. Leebens-Mack lab uses phylogenomic approaches to explore the ecological, genetic and developmental processes that contribute to phenotypic diversification and speciation. The lab focus most of our attention on the evolution of reproductive characters in flowering plants. Much of our research involves phylogenetically based analyses, and the lab are working with collaborators to develop new empirical and analytical tools to extend the use of phylogenetic methods in comparative genomics. These tools form the foundation for comparative studies aimed at testing the degree to which characterizations of gene function and regulatory networks in model systems are applicable to other plant species.

Jun-Yi Leu
Research Fellow
Academia Sinica

Research in Jun-Yi Leu's lab focuses on the general principles and molecular mechanisms of endosymbiosis, genetic buffering, and speciation. Using yeast genetics, genomics and experimental evolution, they demonstrate that mitochondrial-nuclear incompatibility plays a general role in the reproductive isolation of yeast species. More recently, proteomics tools are also incorporated to understand the contribution of protein homeostasis in genetic buffering and speciation. Leu's lab is currently setting up the Paramecium-Chlorella system to study the incipient stage of endosymbiosis.

Dai-Qin Li
Associate Professor ,
Department of Biological Science National University of Singapore

General research interests of Li's lab lie in the fields of ecology, behaviour and evolution of animals, mostly in terrestrial invertebrates. Specifically the lab is interested in how animals that have small brain with few neurons solve the everyday problems that they face within their respec-tive environments. Research of Li's  lab focuses on the area of behavioural ecology, and includes work on animal communication, including social and mating behaviour, predator-prey interactions, especially in aggressive mimicry; evolutionary significance of prey-specific prey-catching and prey-preference behaviour. The lab is also interested in biodiversity of arthropods in tropical rainforests. The lab works mainly with spiders, and work both in the field and the laboratory. Recently, Li's lab also include our work on linking spider silk proteins and spider web-spinning behaviour to animal forag-ing behaviour and ecology, and biomaterials.

Wen-Hsiung Li
Distinguished Research Fellow
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica

Professor Li's major interest is in the processes and mechanisms of molecular evolution. They conduct both experimental and theoretical (statistical) studies. Professor Li’s current experimental projects include: molecular evolutionary genetics of color vision; molecular clocks and rate variation among regions of a genome; and coevolution of growth hormone and its receptor. The theoretical group is pursuing evolutionary genomics. They develop statistical methods and conduct statistical analyses of genomic sequence data and functional genomic data.

Xiang-Yi Li
University of Zürich, Switzerland

Xiang-Yi Li is a postdoc researcher at the University of Zürich. She works on developing Evolutionary Game Theory by integrating sexual reproduction and population demographic structures. She also studies the evolution of sexual dimorphism, sex-biased dispersal, and applies Evolutionary Game theory in modelling frequency-dependent microbial interactions.

David Liberles
Associate Professor
Temple University

David Liberles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Center for Computational Genetics and Genomics, and Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary at Temple University. With a background in chemistry focused on DNA structure and binding, he moved into molecular evolution and comparative genomics as the first genomes became available. Today, he runs a research program with a major focus on examining the interplay between biophysical, biochemical, evolutionary, and population genetic forces on gene and genome sequences and functions.

Xiao Liu
Assistant Professor
School of Biological Sciences, Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Liu's main focus is to interrogate the complex developmental process by building gene regulation networks at the resolution of single cells using C. elegans as the model system. His recent work revealed a conserved regulatory module that specifies lateral neuroblasts in invertebrates and Neural Plate Border (NPB) in vertebrates. These results identified the common origin of the genetic network specifying lateral neural borders (which give rise to PNS and lateral portion of CNS) across different bilaterians that diverged over 600 million years ago.

Man-Yuan Long
Edna K. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor
The University of Chicago, USA

Professor Long is currently Edna K. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, in its Department of Ecology and Evolution. Professor Long won numerous prizes and awards in USA e.g. Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, NSF CAEEER awards and AAAS fellow. Professor Long has contributed to editorial service for influential journals e.g. PNAS, PLoS Biology, EMBO Reports and Genetics and to administrative service to related major academic societies such as the international Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution and the Genetics Society of America.

Tsai-Ming Lu
PhD student

Lu is a PhD student at the Marine Genomics Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). He had scientific experiences on Evo-Devo of the cephalochordate peripheral nervous system, and have shifted his research topic to genomics formy PhD training. Currently, he is working on the genome project of dicyemid mesozoans. After clarifying the evolutionary position of dicyemids, he now focus on investigating the genomic adaptations of dicyemids to their parasitic lifestyle and further comprehend the evolution of parasitism.

Xue-Mei Lu
Professor ,
Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. LU’s lab focuses on evolutionary genomics of complex traits and cancer in human and animal model systems using genomic and population genetic approaches. Our current research interests are in addressing 1) the evolutionary process and diversity within and between cellular populations/tumors, 2) evolution of complex traits and artificial selection in animals, and 3) evolution of gene regulatory in cells and polyploidy animal species by analyzing genomic, epigenomic and transcriptional variations.

Zhe-Xi Luo

Professor Luo's studies focus on origins and early evolution of mammals. Mammals are a prominent vertebrate group in the modern biota with a great range of evolutionary adaptations. Their long history is endowed with a rich fossil record that extends into the deep times of the Mesozoic. This can provide a useful case study on the diversification of major organismal groups, on the patterns and processes of macroevolution, and on the geological history of vertebrate faunas. In their paleobiological studies on early mammal fossils, his collaborating team is seeking to understand the origins of key mammalian adaptations and development patterns, phylogenetic relationship of the major lineages of Mesozoic mammals, as well as their ecological diversification. He is also interested in the evolution of whales and the Cenozoic cetacean fossils.

Victor Luria
Research Fellow,
Harvard Medical School, USA

As a Research Fellow in the Kirschner Lab at Harvard University, Victor Luria studies how new genes appear de novo in evolution. Trained in genetics, biophysics, and neuroscience, he currently uses mathematical, computational, and experimental approaches to examine the evolutionary basis of novelty, focusing on how new protein-coding genes appear and how they function in neurons with long-range connectivity. He also is interested in comparative genomics and aims to discover how new genes vary in human populations and how they shape brain evolution.

Hugh MacIsaac
Professor, Canada Tier I Research Chair Great Lakes Institute
for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, Canada

Hugh MacIsaac is among an international team of scientists examining the challenges and opportunities in store for invasive species research.His first topic examined the use of biotechnology and gene-editing tools as a way of controlling invasive species.“When we did that, there was a clear cutoff in the perceived importance of the topics at 14,” the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research biology professor said. “We then considered those 14 in more detail and examined how they are going to affect humans and wildlife over the coming 10 to 20 years.”

Ruth Mace
Evolutionary Anthropology, University College London, UK

Prof.Mace General Interests in: Evolutionary demography and life history, particularly empirical studies focussing on traditional African populations; Phylogenetic approaches to culture and language evolution, including comparative methods for testing cross-cultural hypotheses, and understanding the origins of kinship, family and social systems; Co-operation and competition, within families and within wider groups; Cultural transmission and the establishment of social norms.

Kateryna Makova
Penn State University

Dr. Makova is interested in molecular evolution, population genetics, evolutionary genomics, bioinformatics, and human genetics. Her laboratory employs a combination of molecular and computational approaches. Some of the current projects include: Male Mutation Bias, or Male-Driven Evolution; Evolution of Gene Expression; Human Population Genomics.

John Malone
Assistant Professor,
University of Connecticut

Dr. John Malone studies how different copies of genes influence evolution. Using genomic, bioinformatic, and evolutionary approaches, our studies are providing new understanding for how copy number influences gene expression and evolution for understanding the ecology, behavior, and evolution of gene dosage. The Malone Laboratory is part of the exciting environment in the Department of Molecular and Cell BiologyGenetics and Genomics Group, and the Institute of Systems Genomics at the University of Connecticut.

Ya-Fei Mao
PhD student

He is interested in the evolution of reef-building corals, and his work mainly focuses on investigating the long-standing question in coral evolution; the roles ofintrogression in their diversification using comprehensive phylogenomic analysis.

Axel Meyer
University of Konstanz, Germany

Axel Meyer (Ph.D. UC-Berkeley 1988) is an evolutionary biologist and genome researcher at the University of Konstanz in Germany. His research focusses on speciation, genomics of adaptation, phylogenomics and comparative genomics - mostly in fishes and in particular cichlid fish adaptive radiations in the African Great Lakes and also Nicaragua crater lakes. His research contributed to the understanding gene, and whole genome duplication, the discovery of the teleost-specific genome duplication, phylogenetic relationships among major vertebrate lineages and also to transgenerational inheritance of epigenetic marks due to stress.

Antonia Monteiro
Associate Professor,
National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS-College

Work in the Monteiro lab aims to understand the origin and evolution of butterfly eyespot color patterns. Most recent work combines the comparative method with transcriptomics and functional genetic tools to disrupt candidate genes and cis-regulatory elements of these genes to discover the identity of the gene regulatory networks that were co-opted to aid in eyespot origins.

Minoru Moriyama
Senior Researcher,
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan

Moriyama's main research interest focuses on sophisticated mechanisms underpinning environmental adaptation in diverse insects, especially those related to life-cycle strategies for seasonal fluctuations. He is also interested in functional mechanisms of mutualistic endosymbiotic microbes for their insect hosts. Moriyama's aiming at achieving comprehensive understanding of molecular and biochemical aspects of symbiosis leading to ecological and evolutionary significance using a variety of non-model insect species including bugs, cicadas and weevils.

Takefumi Nakazawa
Associate Professor ,
Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Dr.Nakazawa lab goal is to develop new ideas for ecologists or even biologists by using theoretical approaches (e.g., mathematics and computer simulation), and to advance our understanding of how nature is working.  The lab are mainly interested in studying the mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance, such as how biological interactions (e.g., predation and mutualism) between organisms can shape biodiversity and how biodiversity will respond to environmental changes (e.g., habitat loss and phenology shifts).  However, any topics can be subjects of our theoretical research, including evolution, behavior, and application to fishery or agriculture.  Species identity (e.g., plants and animals) or ecosystem type (e.g., terrestrial and aquatic) does not matter.  The prefer simple but far-reaching ideas.  Collaborations with field and experimental researchers (including students) are welcome.

Shoji Naoe
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan

Shoji Naoe is a senior research scientistat the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Japan. He is interested inforest dynamics driven by animals, and especially focusing on the role of seed dispersal by birds and mammals in a changing world. He is currently investigating whether plants threatened by global warming benefit from seed dispersal.

Randolph Nesse
Arizona State University

Randolph M. Nesse, MD is a founder of evolutionary medicine, the field that uses evolutionary biology to understand, prevent and treat disease. His research ranges from neuroendocrine responses to stress, to evolutionary explanations for depression and morality. He uses signal detection theory to understand how natural selection shapes mechanisms that regulate defenses, "the smoke detector principle." His is committed to the mission of establishing evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine and public health.

Rasmus Nielsen
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Rasmus Nielsen's research focuses on statistical and computational aspects of evolutionary theory and genetics. One of the central problems he has been interested in is the molecular basis of evolutionary adaptation. What happens at the molecular levels as one species is transformed into another over evolutionary time? To address this question he has developed a number of computational methods and applied them to large scale genomic data, such as genomic comparisons of humans and chimpanzees. Rasmus Nielsen has also worked on statistical methods in other aspects of population genetics, medical genetics, phylogenetics, molecular ecology, and molecular evolution. He has hitherto primarily been teaching courses in Statistical Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Evolution. His students work on both applied and theoretical problems in population genetics, statistical genetics and evolution.

Miyamoto Norio
Research Fellow

Miyamoto Norio of JAMSTEC is working on Evodevo of deep-sea invertebrates with research submersibles. He is interested in evolution of animal forms, fanctions and behavior.

Gudbjorg Asta Olafsdottir
Director ,
Research Centre of the Westfjords, University of Iceland

Dr.Olafsdottir is interested in numerous subjects of natural science and choose a comprehensive approach to answer questions in anthropology, developmental economics and behavioral economics. Most of her research, however, relates to biodiversity, its origin and maintenance. In particular, dr.Olafsdottir is interested in how the changing environment and the environment change affect individuals and establish. Although the research subjects are due to the desire to understand what is happening in life, many smaller projects have a strong practical connection, for example. with nature conservation, resource management and fire.

Ludovic Orlando
the CNRS, University of Toulouse, France

Ludovic Orlando is a Professor of Molecular Archaeology, who received his PhD in molecular genetics twenty years after the first ancient DNA molecule was ever sequenced. He recently relocated his laboratory from the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen to the CNRS, University of Toulouse, France, where he develops a new integrative institute addressing key questions in anthropo-biology. Current research in his lab focuses on developing integrative approaches for studying ancient DNA molecules, promoting the field of palaeomics by the merger of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and computational biology. These novel approaches are specifically applied to the study of the domestication of one central species for human history: the horse.

Professor Phipps's current research focuses on the genomics of Homo sapiens to answer questions related to our evolution, migration, morphological development and health. Apart from translational medicine, she is a keen advocate of bioethics education and research programmes in Asia, especially in rapidly developing countries which have placed biotechnology high on their development agendas. She has published extensively in international journals, has been an invited speaker at numerous international meetings and supervised many graduate students over the years.

Naomi Pierce

Naomi Pierce is the Hessel Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and Curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Research in her laboratory focuses on the ecology and evolution of species interactions. This has ranged from field studies measuring the costs and benefits of symbioses between ants and other organisms, to genetic analyses of biochemical signaling pathways underlying interactions between plants, pathogens and insects. She has also been involved in reconstructing the evolutionary ‘Tree of life’ of insects such as ants, bees, and butterflies, and in using molecular phylogenies to make comparative studies of life history evolution and biogeographical distributions. Pierce came to Harvard in 1990 after appointments as a Research Lecturer in Christ Church and the Department of Zoology, Oxford University, and Assistant and Associate Professor, Princeton University. She has received prizes such as a Fulbright Fellowship and a MacArthur award, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. The author of numerous scientific papers and an edited book, she lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two daughters.

Peter Prentis
Senior Lecturer,
Science and Engineering Faculty,Environmental and Biological Sciences

Prentis Lab research employs a combination of high throughput genomics, bioinformatics and manipulation experiments to address questions in human dominated and marine ecosystems. The questions he is  currently investigating include the genetic improvement tree and crop species, the evolutionary genetics of marine species, and how human modification of the landscape influences the distribution of adaptive genetic diversity in animal and plant species. Dr.Prentis research uses diverse species to answer these questions but mainly marine invertebrates, domesticated crops and potential crop species.

Bruce Rannala
University of California, Davis

Professor  Rannala's group focuses on mathematical aspects of population genetics, phylogenetic inference, and human genetics. Topics of interest include statistical methods for linkage disequilibrium gene mapping and Bayesian phylogenetic inference, as well as more general questions in theoretical population genetics. Topics of current research include the role of hypermutability and mutator phenotypes in cancer genetics, multipoint linkage disequilibrium mapping, and methods for detecting an association between genetic markers and disease in heterogeneous populations. A unifying theme of research in the group is the application of analytic theory and computer simulation to address questions of importance in evolutionary biology and human genetics.

Martin Reichard
Research Professor
Institute of Vertebrate Zoology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Martin Reichard is senior research scientist at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He uses fish model systems to address broader evolutionary questions. His current research interest concentrates on understanding coevolutionary host-parasite dynamics (using the interaction between bitterling fish and freshwater mussels as the model system), and ecological and evolutionary consequences of rapid ageing in African killifishes.

Frank Rheindt
Assistant Professor ,
Department of Biological Science ,
National University of Singapore

Most of he research activities focus on the mechanisms that lead to – or sometimes act against–the build-up of biodiversity, such as genetic differentiation and introgression.Birds are our main model organism because their well-known distribution and life-history make them a suitable object for evolutionary studies. Pursuing a research project at my lab usually involves the application of a variety of laboratory approaches and contemporary computational tools, with a more recent focus on phylogenomic methods using Next-Generation sequencing approaches. Fieldwork is often, but not always, an important component of his students‘ work.

Nicolas Rohner
Assistant Professor
Stowers Institute, Kansas City, USA

Dr.Rohner labs' research interest focuses on the question how animals can adapt to different and extreme environments and to uncover the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying these adaptations by using methods at the interface of developmental biology, genetics, genomics, and molecular biology. The lab are currently focusing on the cavefish system Astyanax mexicanus to address the question of how these fish had to change their metabolism to survive in the nutrient poor cave environment and whether the lab can learn from their survival strategy to better understand human current maladaption to modern civilizations.

Susan Rosenberg
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Susan M. Rosenberg is a molecular biologist whose PhD with Frank Stahl (U. Oregon) and postdoctoral work with Miroslav Radman (Paris) concerned DNA recombination. First, on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, then at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, working in E. coli, her lab discovered molecular mechanisms of mutagenesis activated by stress responses that increase genetic diversity, potentially accelerating evolution, when cells are poorly adapted to their environments. This work changes understanding of genomic plasticity, host-pathogen adaptation, antibiotic resistance, cancer development and evolution.  Her lab studies mechanisms of DNA repair and genome instability.  Rosenberg founded the Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution, has received an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the Biosphere and Humanity Medal (Russian Academy of Medicine), the Eli Lily / National Cancer Institute of Canada William Rawls Prize, the Young Scientist Award of the Genetics Society of Canada, and Michael E DeBakey MD Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Rosenberg is a fellow (elected) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow (elected) of the American Academy of Microbiology, served on the Senior Editorial Boards of SCIENCE and PLoS Genetics, serves as a Council Delegate (elected) to, and member of the Committee on Council Affairs (elected) for, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and founded and leads the Cancer Evolvability Program in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Akira Sakurai
Research Scientist II
Georgia State University, USA

Akira Sakurai is studying the neural circuit mechanisms underlying the swimming behavior indifferent species of sea slugs. To test hypotheses about the evolution ofneural circuits and behavior, he rewires the neural circuit of one species and gives it the connections of another species by using "Dynamic Clamp" technique with multiple microelectrodes.  He also investigates how the individual differences in the neural circuit elements affect the outcome of brain injury and how the brain can maintain its function in the face of various challenges such as injury, aging, and growth.

Noriyuki Satoh
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Professor of Marine Genomics Units at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Graduate University. Former Prof. at Department of Zoology, Kyoto University.

Yoko Satta
The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Yokohama, Japan)

Prof. Yoko Satta is a professor at The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) in Hayama, studying the genetic diversity of humans and primates. She made important contributions to the understanding of the structural variation of genomes and the history ofprimates. In her recent work she studies the evolution of disease causing genes in relation to environmental changes and primate molecular phylodemography.

Kyoichi Sawamura
Associate Professor
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan

His lab use Drosophila as a model system to study speciation. Several genes responsible for hybrid inviability and sterility (so-called ‘speciation genes”) have been identified in the D. melanogaster -D. simulans cross. His lab are going to extend our speciation study to other Drosophila species endemic in Asia.Behavioral and ecological issues will be the next target.

Igor V. Sharakhov
Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech), USA

Igor V. Sharakhov serves as a Professor in the Department of Entomologyat Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) in the USA. He was appointed to the Virginia Tech faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2004. Dr. Sharakhov works in the area of genomics and evolutionary cytogenetics of mosquitoes – vectors of human infectious diseases. Dr. Sharakhov made contributions to understanding the patterns and mechanisms of thegenome evolution in mosquitoes, which could be useful for development of more effective mosquito control. Some of his specific contributions and achievements include mapped genome assemblies for Anopheline mosquitoes, important vectorsof malaria; identification of heterochromatic genes and regulatory piRNAs, which has improved our understanding of the “dark matter” of the mosquito genome and opened a new venue for the discovery of genetic determinants of the chromosome organization; and new insights into the role of chromosomal inversions in adaptation and evolution of malaria mosquitoes. Dr. Sharakhov is currently the principal investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation and co-investigator on a grant from National Institutes of Health.

Qing-Hua Shi
University of Science & Technology of China

Shi Qinghua, professor and Ph.D. supervisor, is selected into Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Hundred Talents Program and winner of National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholars.  He is a Principal Investigator at Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, professor at School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Over the last decade, he has published more than 30 papers in Nature, American Journal of Human Genetics, Cell Research and other peer-reviewed SCI journals as first or corresponding authors. These papers have been cited about 900 times by colleagues.

Wen-Ying Shou
Associate Member,
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The web of life is weaved from diverse symbiotic interactions between species. Symbioses vary from antagonistic interactions such as competition and predation to beneficial interactions such as mutualism. Symbioses not only impact the lab ecosystems, but also directly shape our health: the mutualistic symbiosis between us and gut microbes can influence our body weight; the antagonistic symbiosis between us and parasites can shape the lab immune system.

Shantanu Shukla
Postdoctoral Researcher
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany

Dr.Shukla's research interests include ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology, behaviour in insects and microorganisms. He studies insect-microbe symbiosis in insects that use nutritionally rich and ephemeral resources, exploring the role of microorganisms as competitors and mutualists in resource utilization. Recent work includes the microbial ecology of dung beetles and burying (carrion) beetles, which investigated the regulation of the resource microbiome, its transmission to larvae, and their effect on host fitness. His research typically focuses on the role of the host and its microbiota in the evolution of resource utilization by specialist insects that often protect and portion their diets for their offspring.

Graham Slater
Assistant Professor,
Department of Geophysical Sciences , University of Chicago

Dr.Slater is  a macroevolutionary biologist interested in questions about the processes that generate, maintain, and ultimately eliminate phenotypic and taxonomic diversity.He study both living and fossil species, mostly mammalian carnivores, to gain a complete picture of evolution in space and time. In fact, the name of this site comes from a quote by George Gaylord Simpson, who stressed the importance of considering data from fossil and living species when attempting to understand evolution.

Pamela Soltis

Scientists and students in the Soltis Lab are currently working with a variety of technologies to investigate mechanisms of speciation,evolutionary relationships and character evolution in flowering and land plants at all taxonomic levels.Current projects include the study of higher level phylogenetic relationships and character evolution in the angiosperms, floral evolution, the genetic and genomic consequences of polyploidy, conservation genetics of rare plants, phylogeography, and biogeography.

Doug Soltis

Doug Soltis is a Distinguished Professor in the Florida Museum of Natural History and Department of Biology at the University of Florida. Pro.Soltus 's research interests in plant biology are diverse—we study plant evolution using modern DNA approaches including next generation sequencing methods and the use of “big data” sets that require challenging computational analyses; specific interests include plant phylogeny, genome doubling (polyploidy), floral evolution, angiosperm diversification, and phylogeography. 

Mark Stoneking

Mark Stoneking directs the Human Population History Group in the Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. His research interests involve using analyses of molecular genetic data to address questions of anthropological interest concerning the origins, migrations, and relationships of human populations from around the world, with a focus on Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Nicholas J. Strausfeld
Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona

Areas of research pursued in Strausfeld laboratory focus on the functional organization of the arthropod visual system and the evolution of brains; the latter focusing on the identification of evolutionarily conserved ground patterns of neuronal organization of centers mediating visual perception, allocentric memory, and action selection.

Daichi G. Suzuki
JSPS Overseas Research Fellow
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Daichi G. Suzuki is an evolutionary neurobiologist, mainly focusing on the evolutionary origin of the vertebrate vision. His research is based on both evo-devo and neurophysiology. He is also interested in philosophical issues in biology, such as homology.

Hidenori Tachida
Professor ,
Department of Biology,Kyushu University

For the purpose of evolutionary research, Prof.Tachida would like to know "what kind of mechanism the current living thing has been formed, want to know its mechanism", "when and where trait that adaptive appearance was born, how it spread, I want to know the history ".
But we can not observe the events that occurred in the past. So Prof.Tachida will estimate evolution history from current data. To do this, it's need to correlate the evolutionary events that occurred in the past with the genomic diversity data observed as a result. First, model the evolution process and predict the genomic diversity pattern expected under that evolution model. Estimate the evolution process by comparing the expected data of the required genomic diversity pattern with the actual data. Here, the theory used for finding the expected pattern is population genetics.
Tachida laboratory uses the theory of population genetics to develop evolution models, develop new analytical methods, analyze genome data, and so on.

Koji Tamura
Tohoku University

His lab focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying organ morphogenesis in vertebrates. Each organ has a characteristic shape that is required for its proper function. During development, the structure of an organ is produced by intrinsic and genetic programs in the embryo. His primary goal is to elucidate the developmental programs and the subsequent behavior of cells and tissues that generate distinct morphology of organs. Knowledge obtained through these studies will be useful for considering the further interest, that is, issues of the morphological diversity of organs, which is caused by modifications and alterations of the developmental programs during evolution.

Koichiro Tamura
Tokyo Metropolitan University

The Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory conducts theoretical research on molecular phylogenetic analysis and bioinformatics focusing on experimental evolutionary genetics using Drosophila.Such as genetic mechanism of low temperature tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster and the mechanism of adaptive evolution from tropical to temperate,genetic mechanism of Achisumy (suppression of male recombination) in Drosophila,theoretical study on molecular phylogenetic analysis and bioinformatics,etc.

Yoshinori Tomoyasu
Associate Professor
Miami University, Ohio, USA

His research interests revolve around understanding the molecular basis underlying morphological evolution. They use insect wings as a model, and investigate the emergence and divergence of this evolutionary critical structure, that has made insects one of the most successful group on this planet. They mainly use the red flour beetle (Tribolium) and the fruit fly (Drosophila), but they have also been adding moreinsects and non-insect arthropods to their repertoire to cover a wider taxonomic breadth, which will provide them with a more comprehensive view of the evolution of insect wings.

Nicole Valenzuela
Iowa State University, United States

Professor Valenzuelais working on comparative evolutionary and ecological genomics related to the evolution of sex determination and its regulatory developmental network, as well as phylogenomics related to the evolution of sex chromosomes, dosage compensation, and genome organization, particularly in turtles. This is part of a broad interest in understanding how ecology affects the structure, function, and evolution of the genome and its role in the development and evolution of complex phenotypes, which helps illuminate the evolution of biological diversity and how it responds to environmental change.

Arjan de Visser
Wageningen University

His group uses laboratory evolution experimentswith bacteria, fungi and enzymes to learn about the causes and constraints of evolution. This is done in collaboration with theoreticians, chemists and engineers, who provide them with the models and tools to quantify the predictability of evolution and its determinants. Their recent research has been particularly focussed on better understanding the determinants of the evolution of antibiotic resistance.

Douglas Wallace
University of Pennsylvania

Wallace is a pioneer in the study of mitochondrial DNA. Wallace and his colleagues introduced human mitochondrial genetics into the field of molecular genetics. In 1975, for the first time ever, Wallace could associate a genetic disorder with the mitochondrial DNA region (resistance to chloramphenicol) and in 1990 he described a mitochondrial DNA mutation as the cause of a particular form of myoclonic epilepsy. He has been instrumental in the study of the mitochondrial genome and has developed new methods for the analysis of mitochondrial DNA. Wallace and his colleagues demonstrated that human mitochondrial DNA is inherited exclusively from the mother and reconstructed the origin and ancient migration patterns of women using variations in mitochondrial DNA sequences.

John Wang
Assistant Research Fellow
Academia Sinica

Understanding the gene regulatory mechanisms at the basis of reproductive differentiation and the development of complex behavioral traits is crucial for understanding the evolution of eusocial animals. John Wang has made significant contributions in this area, studying the molecular genetic basis for sex determination in ants and the gene regulatory effects of a "Greenbeard allele" in the red fire ant Solenopsis invicta, which he and colleagues showed to be a non-recombining 'supergene' of ~600 genes residing on a 'social chromosome' having many characteristics of a sex chromosome.

Rui-Wu Wang
Northwestern Polytechnical University,China

Evolutionary game theory and the evolution and maintenance of cooperation under asymmetric interaction Evolution and of cooperation, especially in insect-plant mutualisms, which lack recognition and memory. Mathematical and statistical modeling on the evolution of cooperation and species co-existence. Sex ratio evolution under the selective pressure of environment Species coexistence and co-evolution between species under the influence of environmental change Ecosystem stability with meta-populations and chaos theory.

Ji-Guang Wang
Assistant Professor
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Jiguang Wang is currently an Assistant Professor in Division of Life Science and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He obtained a PhD degree from Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), where he obtained the Special Prize of President Scholarship for postgraduate students of Chinese Academy of Science and Excellent PhD Thesis Award of CAS. He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Missouri, an Assistant Professor in Beijing Institute of Genomics at CAS, a Postdoctoral Research Scientist and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. In 2015-2016, he was named as an Irving Institute Precision Medicine Fellow for his work, “Clonal Evolution of Glioblastoma Under Therapy.” He is now working on cancer evolution and the study of applying data science to biology and medicine.

Milind Watve
Indian Institute of science education and research, Pune

The Watve lab studies a number of problems related to the evolution of behavior, physiology and health, using a diversity of tools including epidemiology, field ecology, experimental and theoretical biology. Type 2 diabetes, the somatic evolution of cancer and the ecological role of microbial secondary metabolites are topics of particular interest.  Articulating the already published overwhelming evidence falsifying the classical theory of type 2 diabetes, we propose an alternative interpretation of the disorder which has major implications for preventing, treating and possibly reversing the condition using behavioral intervention.

Chao-Chun Wei
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

His major research contents are comparative-genomics and biological sequence analysis methods and systems for data generated by the next-generation sequencing technologies. These methods and systems can improve the understanding of some biological processes by sequence information, such as the impact of genome sequence mutations on pathogenicity of microbes, alternative splicing, gene expression regulation and host-environment interactions. The final goal is to apply these knowledge to medical diagnose, disease therapy and disease prevention.

Xing Xu
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology

Professor Xu is a Chinese paleontologist who has named more dinosaurs than any other living paleontologist. Such dinosaurs include the Jurassic ceratopsian Yinlong, the Jurassic tyrannosauroid Guanlong, the large oviraptorosaur Gigantoraptor, and the troodontid Mei. Among Xu's paleontological contributions have been discovery and analysis of dinosaur fossils with avian characteristics, and development of theories in regarding the evolution of feathers.

Shu-Hua Xu
Assistant Professor,
University of Southern California

The goal of the Population Genomics Group (PGG) is to understand the evolutionary dynamics of genomes at population level using computational approaches, and to bridge evolutionary history and genomic medicine. Currently, PGG is focusing on analysis of genetic structure, inference of human genetic history, detection of natural selection, mapping genes underlying complex diseases in human populations, and identifying the differentially expressed genes among populations. A new focus is to study allele-allele interaction and gene-gene interaction in recent admixed populations.

Professor Yang's group develop statistical models of DNA or protein evolution to be used in reconstructing species phylogenies and in understanding the mechanisms of molecular sequence evolution. They make extensive use of maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods, as well as computer simulation. Real data analysis is also a major undertaking in the group, with detection of adaptive molecular evolution and comparative genomics to be the current focus. Those serves as the motivation for the theoretical work.

Tracy Chih-Ting Koubková Yu
PhD student,
Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Tracy Chih-TingKoubková Yu received her bachelor degree from LifeScience Department in National Taiwan University and proceeded with graduate training in Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) in Academia Sinica. She is interested in applying experimental and bioinformatic approaches to study organismal evolution and phenotypic innovation driven by essential hub gene perturbation and transcription network rewiring. She explored the compensatory evolutionary paths for a yeast strain with one ofits essential hub gene Hsp90 swapped by a foreign orthologue through experimental evolution, whole genome sequence and CRISPR reconstitution strategies. Tracy is currently at the last stage of her PhD training and seeking for a postdoctoral research position. 

Ya-Ping Zhang
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Zhang has been focusing his research on molecular evolution and genome biodiversity. His investigations involve five correlated areas: molecular phylogenetics; molecular ecology and conservation genetics; human genetics and evolution; origin of domestic animals and artificial selection; genome diversity and evolution.

Jian-Zhi Zhang
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, USA

Prof. Zhang is interested in the relative roles of chance and necessity in the evolution of genes, gene families, genomes, transcriptomes, proteomes, metabolomes, and phenomes. His past scientific contributions are primarily in the areas of duplicate gene evolution, molecular adaptation, genetic basis of human and primate evolution, and vertebrate sensory gene evolution. Current researches in his lab, mostly based on the budding yeast and its relatives, focus on the genomic patterns and molecular mechanisms of classic phenomena that are important in the functioning and evolution of genetic systems, such as epistasis, pleiotropy, robustness, plasticity, dominance, heterosis, and stochastic noise/error. Prof. Zhang has published over 180 papers and was a past president of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Hao Zheng
Associate Professor
China Agricultural University

Dr. Zheng is focusing on hongeybee gut as a model system for addressing widely ranging topics, from host-microbe interaction, gut microbial evolution, to bacteria and gene transmission through social contact. He is also interested in the gut microbiome of Apis cerana, an important honey-producing and pollinating species in China. The comparison of gut microbiota of honeybees isolated geographically will illustrate the symbiotic evolution in a fine scale.

Xin Zhou
Department of Entomology,College of Plant Protection,
China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

Zhou Lab are interested in understanding the general pattern and evolutionary history of biodiversity. Insects are major players in various ecosystems, acting as herbivores, predators, parasitoids, and pollinators. They also serve as hosts, harboring a well fortune of microbial diversity, which can be essential to the survival of the insects or bringing massive damage to crops and forests. By studying how these systems interact and evolve, we hope to learn some of the most intriguing questions in evolutionary biology and to contribute to the improvement of human's well-bing. 

Zhong-He Zhou
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology

Dr Zhou's main interest is the origin and early evolution of birds, feathers and avian flight. He is also involved in the study of Mesozoic fish, feathered dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and their paleoenviornmental background. He is currently the director and a senior research fellow at the IVPP, a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and member of the CAS.

Min Zhu
Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Zhu is setting the research agenda in the area of paleoichthyology and early vertebrate evolution.He has made unique and outstanding contributions to the studies on the morphology, histology, phylogeny, biogeography and evolutionary history of many early vertebrate groups.

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