- Evolutionary genetics
- Molecular evolution
- Genetic basis of speciation in Drosophila
Identifying the genetic basis of reproductive barriers between species is important to understand adaptation and speciation. We use the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model to understand how species evolved and what the driving forces of species differentiation are. We have identified that a fatty acid desaturase gene, desatF, plays a major role in the differentiation of pheromonal dienes, which act as sex and species identity in Drosophila. By using genetic and genomic approaches, we aim to map and identify more genes responsible for sexual isolation between closely related species of Drosophila and to characterize the genetic architecture of speciation at the molecular level.
- Hsieh, H.-W., S.-C. Chen, W.-C. Huang, S. Fang, E.-C. Yang, C.-C. Hsu, and R. Kou*, 2021, “Social interactions upregulate hemolymph tryptophan and tyrosine levels in the male lobster cockroach”, Hormones and Behavior, 130, 104935. (SCIE) (IF: 3.684; SCI ranking: 37.1%,15.1%)
- Kou, R.*, C.-C. Hsu, S.-C. Chen, P.-Y. Chang, and S. Fang, 2019, “Winner and loser effects in lobster cockroach contests for social dominance”, Hormones and Behavior, 107, 49-60. (SCIE) (IF: 3.684; SCI ranking: 37.1%,15.1%)
- Li, J.1 , L. Jiang1, C.-I Wu, X. Lu*, S. Fang*, and C.-T. Ting*, 2019, “Small segmental duplications in Drosophila – High rate of emergence and elimination”, Genome Biology and Evolution, 11(2), 486-496. (SCIE) (IF: 3.462; SCI ranking: 35.3%,34.8%)
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