National Institute of Genetics Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics

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Professor

Hiroshi Akashi

Assistant Professor

Naoki Osada

Research interests

Research in our laboratory focuses on identifying adaptation at the molecular level. We study mechanisms of molecular evolution through a combination of laboratory work to sequence DNA from within and between closely related species, computational analyses of DNA sequence data available from public databases, and theoretical studies of population genetic predictions for molecular evolution. In particular, we are interested in detecting molecular variation with subtle fitness effects. Natural selection can have an important impact on the long-term evolution of such mutations but cannot be measured directly in the laboratory, or in natural populations. 

Current interests in the lab include :

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