I am interested in the genetic basis and evolution of complex traits. In particular, I am trying to understand how variation at the genetic and developmental levels results in variation (or lack of it) at the phenotypic level; and also, what are the consequences of such genotype-phenotype map(s) in an evolutionary context.
During my PhD I explored this broad question using the house mouse as model organism, and craniofacial shape as model phenotype.
For my postdoc, I switched to Drosophila melanogaster to explore in grater detail the effects of genetic variation on phenotypic variation. I’m now using gene expression networks as a phenotype to explore the genetic basis of phenotypic robustness.