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My scientific interests are focused on the genetic basis behind variation in development. I combine functional studies with phylogenetic screens to discover the pathways underlying phenotypic changes and to examine the divergence of genes involved in these pathways. Early in my career I worked at the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Sheffield, where I examined variation in developmental mode and reproduction in two marine invertebrate species. In my PhD project I worked on elucidating sex determination genes and mechanisms in a range of insect species. Currently I focus on functional genetic work (e.g. RNAi, protein interactions), in combination with new sequencing technologies, to examine the molecular mechanisms of bacterial interference of sex determination. My teaching encompassed a wide variety of fields in biology, which is paralleled by my own education background, starting in ecology and branching from molecular biology to bioinformatics.





Chair of the Program Committee BSc Biology

Course coordinator of Research Skills in Ecology & Evolution (1+3), Bachelor Research Project Ecology & Evolution, Bachelor Research Project Integrative Biology

External positions

Member of the section Entomology Day of the Netherlands Entomological Society, Nederlandse Entomologische Vereniging

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