Research in Damian Dowling’s group draws on experimental evolutionary, genomic and ecological techniques to explore fundamental biological questions.
Our core research focus of the group is to understand the contribution of mitochondria to shaping key evolutionary processes. The mitochondria are salient to eukaryote life. Curiously, their functionality hinges on fine-tuned interactions between genes that reside over two obligate genomes. This sets the stage for inter-genomic evolutionary collaborations and conflicts between these genes, which will ultimately affect the dynamics of core life history processes.
Other research interests in our group explore the biology of ageing, the capacity for non-genetic inheritance across generations, and the evolution of sex differences and dynamics of sexual selection.