Evolutionary Dynamics of Gene Regulation

Wednesday, October 24, 2018



Watson Center for Information Technology (CIT)

CIT 241 Swig Boardroom

Dr. Doug Erwin
Curator of Paleozoic Invertebrates
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Evolutionary Dynamics of Gene Regulation

The evolution of gene regulation can be considered from the perspective of a developmental biologist, interested in how regulatory mechanisms and patterns change, and how these changes facilitate evolution of the phenotype. They can also be considered from the standpoint of the evolutionary biologist, interested in the developmental underpinnings of evolutionary patterns.  I will outline the nature of changes in gene regulation at three different levels: 1) the assembly of metazoan regulatory mechanisms during the early history of animals; 2) changes associated with macroevolutionary events such as evolutionary innovations; and 3) changes in gene regulatory networks associated with microevolutionary events such as speciation and adaptive radiations.

Hosted by Sorin Istrail, in honor of the late Dr. Eric Davidson