When mutations don’t get along: the influence of mutation interactions on evolutionary outcomes Event as iCalendar

01 October 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: SBS

Contact info: Prof Ant Poole

Contact email: a.poole@auckland.ac.nz

Professor Tim Cooper
Professor Tim Cooper

Speaker: Professor Tim Cooper, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University

Professor Tim Cooper’s lab uses experimental evolution - the lab based study of evolutionary processes - to study the genetic basis of adaptation. 

Professor Cooper will present experiments that examine the basis of changes in the ability of bacterial populations to continue adapting to a constant environment. Combining genome sequencing, mutation reconstructions, and estimation of mutational parameters, Professor Cooper and colleagues found that interactions between mutations can lead to predictable patterns of fitness increase and mutation accumulation in evolving populations. Comparing the fitness of populations across different environments, they found that the same interactions have a profound effect in determining evolutionary opportunities and constraints.