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Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab

MEEL 2017

MEEL is a research lab comprised of several smaller groups within the field of Molecular Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The DNA lab, which is the common centre of our activities, was formed in the late 1980's by Torbjörn von Schantz. We use classical methods such as Sanger sequencing, and modern approaches like high-throughput sequencing to answer our research questions.

The studies in our lab cover a broad range of organisms including mammals, birds, insects, parasites and bacteria. Irrespective of organism, the projects make use of various genetic markers to identify processes of isolation, resolving phylogenetic relationships, testing host–parasite associations or identify genes under selection.

Projects within MEEL

Bensch group

Avian malaria, Genetics of migration

Cornwallis group

Social evolution

Hansson group

Sex chromosome evolution, Speciation in birds, Hybridisation in damselflies

Hasselquist group

Immunoecology, Long-term study of great reed warblers

Hellgren group

Avian malaria

Isaksson group

UrbanBirds, Avian nutrition

Råberg group

Ecological immunologyBorrelia in rodents

Westerdahl group

MHC genes in birds, Parasite mediated selection on MHC genes

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Contact information

Staffan Bensch

Telephone: +46 46-222 42 92
E-mail: Staffan [dot] Bensch [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Lab Address

Molecular Ecology & Evolution Lab
Dept of Biology, Lund University

Ecology Building (Sölvegatan 37)
SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden

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