Our research is rooted in the fields of Behavioral Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The MEEL group consists of about 25 researchers, including five PIs, 7 postdocs and 9 PhD students. The DNA lab, which is the common centre of our activities, was formed in the late 1980s by Torbjörn von Schantz, when DNA-fingerprinting was the cutting-edge technique and in our group applied to analyses of parentage in studies of the ring-necked pheasant, the great reed warbler, and the sedge warbler.
Members in our group were among the first to investigate the highly polymorphic MHC genes in wild species of birds and fish and developing an ELISA assay for immunoecological studies of songbirds. Over the years, the methods we are using have closely followed the rapid development of techniques and resources in molecular biology. For example, when Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and direct Sanger sequencing became broadly available in the mid 1990s it resulted in an exponential increase of the field of Molecular Ecology, worldwide and in our group.
At present, the field, and our group, is again going through a major revolution in the wakes of the next generation sequencing (NGS) that challenges computer capacities and requires new skills in bioinformatics.
Last modified 26 Nov 2013
Molecular Ecology & Evolution Lab
Dept of Biology, Lund University
Ecology Building (Sölvegatan 37)
SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden