Carrie Whittle

Carrie Whittle

Position in Extavour Lab: Research Associate

Ph.D., Genetics. Dalhousie University. Halifax NS, Canada.

Carrie’s research focuses on topics in comparative genomics, molecular evolution and population genetics of eukaryotic model systems. Central themes to her research include the role of male and female tissues in genome sequence evolution, and gene-level changes in young sex chromosomes. Most recently, her studies focused on the evolution of genes located on fungal sex chromosomes in the models Neurospora (Uppsala University) and Microbotryum (Oxford University). Prior to her research in fungi, Carrie was involved in research of male/female genes in hermaphrodite plants, such as Arabidopsis thaliana; the research showed sex-specific differences in mutation rates, selective pressures, and codon usage. Her interests also include topics in transcriptome evolution, epigenetic adaptation to environmental conditions, and evolution of expression in large gene families. In the Extavour lab, Carrie is studying the evolutionary dynamics of genes linked to various reproductive traits in multiple metazoan models.