Why do organisms age?

Our new paper in BioEssays together with Locke Rowe and Urban Friberg focuses on late-acting deleterious alleles that have small but visible effects in early life. We are making the case that such alleles are important in the evolution of ageing.

Link to the paper or see Publications on this site!

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Lab News

Congratulations to Sara Meurling, an RA in our lab, who won a PhD position to work on frog ecology with Anssii Laurila and Jacob Höglund at our department!

This week we had four new members joining our lab as ERC-funded RAs: Anna Vourlou, Maja Ericsson, Tuuli Larva and Johan Andersson will be joining us for at least a year to work on a series of different projects. Anna and Maja will be working in the fly lab, continuing the work by Felix Zajitschek (now postdoc at GWU in Washington) and Grigorios Georgolopoulous (who is finishing his MSc thesis and leaving to US in the end of April) on the evolution of lifespan extension by dietary restriction. Tuuli and Johan will be working in the nematode lab on mutation accumulation and ageing.

Lab news

Congratulations to Elisabeth Bolund for winning VR Young Investigators 4-year grant, which will allow her to start her own lab after finishing her postdoc in our lab!!!

Congratulations to Martyna Zwoinska who amassed large funding from several sources to finance her 7-month research stay in Tad Kawecki‘s lab in Lausanne, where she will continue her work on sexual selection and the evolution of behavioral and life-history traits! After this, Martyna is coming back to our lab to continue her PhD.

Welcome to Therese Krieg who joined our lab in February 2015 as a research assistant on a collaborative project with Simone Immler‘s lab on sex-specific mutation rates.

latest MSc project

Tao You finished his MSc project: Evolution of same-sex behaviour in male and female beetles, which was jointly supervised by Alexei and David Berger. Congratulations to Tao who conducted two massive selection experiments during his project and produced really exciting results!