Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica

Dr. John Wang Associate Research Fellow

Lab PI

Dr. John Wang

Associate Research Fellow

Ph.D. Stanford University

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Office: Interdisciplinary Research Building for Science and Technology A302


Research Fields
  • Evolutionary genetics and genomics
  • Social insect behavior
  • Nematode genome evolution

Research Directions

  • 1.Evolutionary genetics of societies
    Animal societies are extremely diverse with humans and ants having some of the largest and most complex. Within ants, social structures can range from small families of close kin to massive supercolonies composed of unrelated individuals. We use the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, as a model to study an intraspecific social polymorphism in queen number: colonies have either one or many queens. This simple difference in colony queen number is associated with differences not only in multiple individual phenotypes but also in the levels of cooperation and conflict among individuals between colony types. Using experimental and comparative genomics approaches we aim to determine the molecular genetic basis for these phenotypic differences. These studies will also help us understand the evolution of complex adaptive phenotypes.
  • 2. Evolution of genome size
    The genome sizes of eukaryote species vary across five orders of magnitude and its evolution depends on a balance between expansion and contraction mechanisms. In Caenorhabditis nematodes, hermaphroditic species have smaller genomes than male/female species, likely as a result of non-independent assortment between the sex and autosomal chromosomes. Our lab is studying the genetic basis for this violation of Mendelian inheritance with the goal of understanding genome size evolution in nematodes and other organisms.


Latest published paper

期刊論文 ( 2015 - 2018 )

  1. T.S. Le, F.-J. Yang, Y.-H. Lo, T.C. Chang, J.C. Hsu, C.-Y. Kao, J. Wang*, 2017, “Non-Mendelian assortment of homologous autosomes of different sizes in males is the ancestral state in the Caenorhabditis lineage”, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7(1), 12819. (SCI) (IF: 4.259; SCI ranking: 15.6%) Link
  2. Huang, Y.-C., Lee, C.-C., Kao, C.-Y., Chang, N.-C., Lin, C.-C., Shoemaker, D.D., Wang, J.*, 2016, “Evolution of long centromeres in fire ants.”, BMC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 16:189. (SCI) (IF: 3.221; SCI ranking: 35.4%,38.9%) Link
  3. Lee, C.-C., Wang, J.*, 2016, “The complete mitochondrial genome of Histiostoma blomquisti (Acari: Histiostomatidae)”, Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 1(1), 671–673. Link
  4. Cook, D.C., Zdraljevic, S., Tanny, R.E., Seo, B., Riccardi, D.D., Noble, L.M., Rockman, M.V., Alkema, M.J., Braendle, C., Kammenga, J.E., Wang, J., Kruglyak, L., Félix, M.A., Lee, J., Andersen, E.C.*, 2016, “The genetic basis of natural variation in Caenorhabditis elegans telomere length.”, GENETICS, 204(1), 371-83. (SCI) (IF: 4.556; SCI ranking: 18%) Link

Lab members


電  話

黃裕清   許容禎    張家寧

丘祐坤   黃   屏

鄧小美(Dai)   方森婭(Silvia)

林全能      洪子閔       詹愷崴