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.
Martin Iinatti Brengdahl
Principal Research Engineer