Dr. Maaria Kankare

Email:    s.maaria.kankare@jyu.fi  
Room:   YAC 411.1

My research is focusing on the role of alternative splicing (AS), where one gene can produce a variety of different proteins, in adaptation. 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 of its connection to adaptation is still scarce. My group utilizes genomic and genetic methods to trace AS in candidate genes important in adaptation and specifically in cold 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).