Research and collaboration

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My research focuses on alternative splicing, where one gene can produce a variety of different proteins. This phenomenon is known be a very common event in all eukaryotes and it is known to promote evolutionary potential of the organisms but the knowledge on its role in stress tolerance and adaptation is still scarce.   My group is utilizing genomic and genetic methods to trace alternative splicing in candidate genes important in stress tolerance using Drosophila virilis group flies as model species. We are also studying the effects of changes in the gene function at the phenotypic level using RNA interference (RNAi) and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing techniques.

Our research aims to clarify how splicing is connected to stress tolerance in general and provide insight into the processes affecting the ability of organisms to adapt to environmental changes at the global scale.