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I’m currently in the third year of a PhD in the department of Genetics, investigating Wolbachia – a type of maternally-transmitted intracellular bacterium which infects a considerable proportion of insects and other arthropods worldwide. I’m focusing on fitness benefits and invasion dynamics of Wolbachia infection in the model organisms Drosophila simulans and Drosophila melanogaster, but also interested in the broader question of the tension between competition and cooperation which arises in symbiotic relationships in nature.
Kriesner P, Hoffmann AA, Lee SF, Turelli M, Weeks AR (2013) Rapid Sequential Spread of Two Wolbachia Variants in Drosophila simulans. PLoS Pathog 9(9): e1003607. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003607