George Putnam Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Harvard College Professor (and Head Tutor)
Because I am theorist, my research is wide and varied. I work on everything from maternal-fetal conflict in human pregnancy to the evolution of plant life cycles. I have a particular interest in genetic conflicts within individual organisms, as exemplified by genomic imprinting.
I am broadly interested in the evolution of eukaryotic genomes. I study genome organization in fungi, particularly as it relates to the bizarre diversity of fungal mating systems. For my thesis, I am investigating the mating loci of several species of Amanita mushrooms in order to learn more about the organization of this genome region and how it may be related to the evolution of the mushroom life cycle.
I am interested in the evolutionary implications of parent-offspring conflict, with a focus on genomic imprinting and fetal/maternal microchimerism. I am currently working towards understanding these phenomena from a behavioural, psychological, and biological perspective. This includes interdisciplinary work on Prader-Willi Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome, as well as various molecular and behavioural projects with mice.
I am interested in a variety of evolutionary questions, including: intragenomic conflicts (and genomic imprinting) in humans; the evolution of peculiar morphologies in birds and mammals; and environmental influence on individual morphology and behaviour. My current work focuses on evolution by sensory bias and unusual feather morphologies (e.g., super-black feathers) in a range of taxa.
[(former role in the Haig group) current role elsewhere]
Wenfei Tong, (Grad Student) Post Doctoral Fellow, Cambridge University
Edgar A. Duéñez-Guzmán, (postdoc) Postdoc, KU Leuven
Manus Patten, (postdoc) Laboratory Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
Francisco Dionisio, (postdoc) Assistant Professor, Universidade de Lisboa
Jan Engelstädter, (postdoc) Lecturer, University of Queensland
Lucas Mix, (grad student) Episcopal Priest, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Tamas Szekely, (visiting Hrdy Fellow) Reader, University of Bath
Francisco Úbeda, (grad student) Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London
Amity Wilczek, (postdoc) Professor, Deep Springs College
Jon Wilkins, (grad student) Research Professor, Ronin Institute