Genomic and Molecular Studies on Evolutionary Innovation and Domestication of Birds
Explaining how and why the endless forms of life surrounding us evolved has been one of the central issues in biology. Birds have evolved many unique and interesting features, allowing them to adapt and radiate into various ecological niches. The feathers of birds also display a great degree of diversity among species and body parts. Over hundred breeds of domestic birds and related species provide scientists with an enormous source of morphological and behavioral diversity to explore.
My lab will investigate the roles of new candidate genes which were identified by my transcriptomic analyses and were not previously known to involve in feather development as well as study the domestication of other birds.