The Committee on Evolutionary Biology (CEB) is a unique interdepartmental and inter-institutional graduate student training program dedicated to the study of Evolutionary Biology. Faculty and students in the program are engaged in interdisciplinary studies at time scales that range from single generations to the entire history of life and at organizational scales from the molecular to the global.
Your genome has architecture. Differences in the number and copy number of chromosomes, the order and identity of genes on those chromosomes, and the accessibility of these genes to the cellular machinery are just a subset of the myriad ways in which genomic structure can vary both within and between species. How does the architecture of the genome evolve and what –if any – is the evolutionary relevance of these rearrangements? My dissertation research, as part of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology here at the University of Chicago, is focused on investigating the evolutionary significance of one class of genomic structural rearrangement: chromosome inversion.Read More about Daniel Hooper or visit the Spotlight Archive.