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Our lab is interested in the evolution of color patterns and mushroom toxin resistance in fruit flies of the genus Drosophila. We perform gene expression studies and use transgenic techniques to answer questions about the genetic mechanisms that underly these traits. Both the mushroom toxin and pigmentation project show interesting links to human cancer biology, and it is our goal to use Drosophila as a model to better understand the molecular pathways that lead to diseases such as cancer.

If you are interested in working in our lab, please contact Dr. Thomas Werner at twerner@mtu.edu.