Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

Exciting new advances in DNA sequencing and genotyping technology have begun to reveal the depth and significance of genomic variation among organisms. The causes of this variation are evolutionary, and the amazing accumulation of data on the genomic scale has firmly positioned population and evolutionary geneticists at the center of this biological revolution. Our research combines the power of genomic data with concepts and tools from population genetics to draw insights on deep, long-standing questions about the evolutionary process and the nature of genetic variation.

Research in the Payseur laboratory is motivated by intriguing and long-standing questions about the mechanisms of biological evolution. How does one species become two? How do organisms adapt to new environments? What determines the sex ratio of a population? What forces are responsible for trait variation within and between species? We use concepts and tools from genetics and genomics to address these questions. We study humans and house mice as model systems.