Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology
LEGE tackles fundamental questions related to the evolution of reproductive modes and seeks to understand what mechanisms underlie adaptability in the absence of sexual reproduction, even in extreme environments. We employ various tools (fieldwork, animal cytology, molecular biology, comparative genomics and bioinformatics) to study evolutionary processes at the level of populations, both experimental and natural, and genomes in various living systems.
The model systems currently studied within LEGE are bdelloid rotifers, Corbicula clams, and Acanthamoeba amoeba, all of which employ different modes of asexual reproduction and have adapted to different type of environments. Moreover, all these asexual lineages are cosmopolitan and widely distributed.