Ralf Sommer – Nature vs. Nurture: Genetics and epigenetics of phenotypic plasticity and the first self-recognition system in nematodes

Max Planck Special Guest Lecture Series

  • Date: Apr 26, 2018
  • Time: 13:00 c.t. - 14:00
  • Speaker: Ralf Sommer
  • MPI for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
  • Location: MPI-IE
  • Room: Main Lecture Hall
  • Host: Andrew J. Pospisilik
 Ralf Sommer – Nature vs. Nurture: Genetics and epigenetics of phenotypic plasticity and the first self-recognition system in nematodes
Ralf Sommer, Director of the Department Integrative Evolutionary Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, joins the our Special Guest Lecture Series on April 26, 2018. At 1pm he will give a talk on “Nature vs. Nurture: Genetics and epigenetics of phenotypic plasticity and the first self-recognition system in nematodes” in the Main Lecture Hall of the Institute. More info: http://www.ie-freiburg.mpg.de/events/11760/4678708

Research

“Ralf J. Sommer works in the field of evolutionary developmental biology on nematodes. He has developed and established the nematode Pristionchus pacificus as a model system for integrative studies in evolutionary biology. His research program focuses on the evolutionary analysis of developmental processes and mechanisms and has identified developmental systems drift as general principle for the evolution of development. In the last decade his work focuses on the integration of laboratory studies in nematods genetics and development with field work in ecology and population genetics using the island of La Réunion as a case study. Most recent studies focus on the evolution of novelty and developmental plasticity, revealing how a novel predatory feeding behavior in nematodes is regulated by developmental switch genes and epigenetic regulatory mechanisms.”

source: lab page

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