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Key Research Interests and Expertise
An inescapable consequence of sex in eukaryotes is the evolution of two sexes, generally are these males and females and two phases of the life cycle, a haploid and diploid phase. The existence of two sexes and two ploidy levels has important evolutionary consequences, which lie at the heart of our research. We aim to understand how selection acting at the diploid level affects the evolution of haploid gametes and in turn how selection at the haploid level affects the evolution of the diploid organism. We are particularly interested in the evolution of anisogamy and how postcopulatory sexual selection shapes the evolution of gametes, the evolution of different ploidy levels, the importance of sperm-mediated genetic and epigenetic effects and the evolution of sexual dimorphism and sex determination. We use a multitude of study organisms including the zebrafish Danio rerio, the Atlantic salmon Salmo salar, the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa and the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe and combine different approaches such as comparative methods, experimental evolution and selection experiments, mathematical modeling, genetics and genomics.
Research Group Membership
Ding He - postdoctoral researcher
Ghazal Alavioon - postdoctoral researcher
Claire Armstrong - postdoctoral researcher
Berrit Kiehl - PhD student
David Murray - research asssistant
Rozalia Korbut - research assistant
Our lab website can be found at: https://simoneimmler.com/
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1/11/20 → 8/12/24
The cost of longevity: transgenerational consequences of parental lifespan extension for offspring fitness
1/10/18 → 30/09/21
Haploid selection in animals: investigating the importance of genetic and epigenetic effects in sperm
1/04/17 → 30/11/19
Immler, S., 7 Jun 2021, In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 376, 1826, 20200122.
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Evolution of plasticity in production and transgenerational inheritance of small RNAs under dynamic environmental conditionsSilva, W. T. A. F., Otto, S. P., Immler, S. & Fay, J. C. (ed.), 26 May 2021, In : PLoS Genetics. 17, 5, e1009581.
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Immler, S. & Wolf, J. B. W., Mar 2021, In : Nature Ecology & Evolution. 5, 3, p. 338–349 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article1 Citation (Scopus)
Meiosis and beyond – understanding the mechanistic and evolutionary processes shaping the germline genomeBergero, R., Ellis, P., Haerty, W., Larcombe, L., Macaulay, I., Mehta, T., Mogensen, M., Murray, D., Nash, W., Neale, M. J., O'Connor, R., Ottolini, C., Peel, N., Ramsey, L., Skinner, B., Suh, A., Summers, M., Sun, Y., Tidy, A., Rahbari, R. & 2 others, , Jun 2021, In : Biological Reviews. 96, 3, p. 822-841 20 p.
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Transgenerational fitness effects of lifespan extension by dietary restriction in Caenorhabditis elegansIvimey-Cook, E. R., Sales, K., Carlsson, H., Immler, S., Chapman, T. & Maklakov, A. A., 12 May 2021, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288, 1950, 20210701.
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