Evolutionary Genomics – University of Copenhagen

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Evolutionary Genomics Section

The Section for Evolutionary Genomics is composed of 9 research groups, and encompasses the curatorial positions relating to the museum’s mammalian, ichthyological, herpetological, and botanical collections. The section furthermore is host to two Marie Curie Actions Initial Training Networks – ARCHSCI2020 and MEDPLANT, as well as the DNRF funded Niels Bohr Professorship of Palaeoproteomics.

Our research involves the synthesis of morphological, distribution, genomic and other data, to investigate broad reaching questions of cross-disciplinary interest, including:

• The evolution of plants, animals and pathogens, at the phylogenetic, individual, organelle, gene and comparative genomic level, in the natural, domestication and medical contexts.

• The interaction between plant hosts and parasites and the genetic consequences for their co-evolution.

• The correlation between phylogeny, chemical biology/biological interactions and natural products, to offer new solutions for the appreciation and sustainable use of biodiversity resources.

• Development of, and application of, population- and phylogenomic techniques to both model and non-model organisms, in order to investigate questions such as evolution of diversity, geographic origin and migration routes, as well as interaction with the environment of both present and past populations and higher taxa

• Development and implementation of new tools based around the study of degraded biomolecules to questions such as biodiversity monitoring, proteomics museomics, archaeological science and metagenomics.

Research areas:

  • Evolution of chemical diversity across time, space and species
  • Vertebrate and plant phylogenetics, taxonomy, population genomics and conservation
  • Gene, organelle and genome evolution
  • Phylogenetic exploration of medicinal plant diversity
  • Evolution of deep-sea, cave, coral reef and polar marine fishes
  • Impact and history of invasive fish species
  • Atlas of Danish fresh and saltwater fish
  • Development of new methods for monitoring biodiversity
  • Co-evolution of hosts and plant parasites
  • Molecular Anthropology
  • Pathogen origin, spread and genomic evolution
  • Evolutionary genomics of domestication
  • Exploration of the feasibility of genome reconstruction of extinct vertebrates
  • Method development in ancient DNA and proteins
  • Marine mammal ecology and evolution

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