Doris Bachtrog

2008 Fellow

Current Institution: University of California, Berkeley

Ecology, Evolutionary Biology

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About Doris Bachtrog's Work

My research centers on a broad range of topics in functional, evolutionary genomics. Ongoing research includes: (1) Investigating the causes of Y chromosome degeneration. (2) Studying the evolution of gene expression and dosage compensation in Drosophila. (3) The formation of heterochromatin on evolving Y chromosomes. (4) Comparative genomics in Diptera species. (5) The evolution of chromatin structure in Drosophila. (6) Investigating modes of speciation in several Drosophila species. (7) The evolution of sex-biased genes on newly formed sex chromosomes. (8) Patterns of gene expression in female heterogametic species. (9) Transitions between sex determination systems. Most of my research uses Drosophila as a model species, but recent whole-genome experimental and computational analyses have included other Diptera species (such as sepsides or tephritides), other insects (scale insects and Strepsiptera) as well as vertebrates (birds and snakes).