Alexander Shingleton

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: SEL 4283 Phone: 3129960203
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    We study how the environment influences development to regulate morphology, and how this regulation evolves to generate diversity. We are particularly interested in how the environment influences body and organ size, using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism. Our work integrates genetics, physiology, and evolution.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Undergraduate researchers entering the lab typically start by conducting routine morphological measurements on fruit flies, using a computer-controlled compound microscope. After they become more familiar with our research, they move on to work with either a graduate student or postdoc to conduct more sophisticated research, for example manipulating gene expression using functional genetics, or measuring gene expression using qPCR. The long-term goal is for undergraduates to complete their own independent research.

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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