A postdoctoral position is available in the Ragsdale laboratory (http://www.indiana.edu/~ragslab/), Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Our lab investigates the genetic regulation and evolution of developmental plasticity, specifically a polyphenism that involves novel morphological traits. The reference species for this research is the nematode Pristionchus pacificus, an emerging model system for evolutionary developmental genetics, which our lab studies using forward and reverse genetics, transgenics, and genome-wide approaches.
Pristionchus pacificus and other species in its family (Diplogastridae) show discrete developmental plasticity, or polyphenism, in their feeding structures. This allows them to assume alternative ecological roles: specifically, they often develop into either a microbe-feeding or predatory morph in response to different environmental cues. Recent work has characterized several of the genes that make up a
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