I joined the Friberg lab as a postdoctoral researcher in 2014 after completing both my B.Sc.H. and PhD in Biology at Queen’s University (Canada), working in the lab of Adam Chippindale.

I have a broad set of research interests related to the ways in which selection shapes the evolution of life histories, sexual dimorphism, and the functional structure of genomes. During my doctoral research, I used experimental evolution in Drosophila melanogaster focused to investigate the properties of spontaneous mutations and their effects on fitness and longevity in each sex, and on the ways in which co-evolution of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes can facilitate or constrain adaptation of life history traits.

At Linköping University I am employing experimental evolution and genomic approaches in Drosophila in concert to investigate a number of questions. These include: considering the genomic basis of sex differences in ageing, the ways in which organismal condition can affect the two sexes differently at both gene expression and life history levels, and causes and consequences of patterns in the regulation of gene expression across genomic regions. Beyond the direct scope of my research at LiU, I maintain a deep interest in natural history and ornithology, and thus in how the questions I ask may be related to the diversity we see in the natural world.   

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Martin Brengdahl, Christopher Kimber, Jack Maguire-Baxter, Urban Friberg

Sex differences in life span: Females homozygous for the X chromosome do not suffer the shorter life span predicted by the unguarded X hypothesis

In Evolution

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