The focus of my PhD project is on evolutionary genetics of ageing and I use Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) as my model organism. Ageing is present in almost all organisms and have been studied extensively, but there is still a lack of knowledge regarding many evolutionary mechanisms involved in ageing. I study topics such as why there are sex differences in lifespan and how condition affects reproductive ageing. I also study the evolutionary mechanisms underlying ageing in general, such as how the selective effect of mutations change throughout life.

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

Genetic Quality Affects the Rate of Male and Female Reproductive Aging Differently in Drosophila melanogaster

In American Naturalist

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