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EMBO Associate Member

Richard E. Lenski

Michigan State University, East Lansing | United States

EMBO 2017

Experimental evolution and evolutionary biology

My laboratory studies the genetic mechanisms and ecological processes that cause evolution. Since 1988 we have propagated and monitored 12 E. coli populations as they have evolved in the laboratory for over 65,000 generations, providing insights into the process of adaptation by natural selection, the dynamics of genome evolution, and the origin of new functions.

Keywords: Experimental evolution / evolutionary biology / adaptation / microbial evolution / population dynamics / molecular evolution / genome evolution

Subject area(s): Genome Stability & Dynamics | Genomic & Computational Biology | Microbiology, Virology & Pathogens | Evolution & Ecology