Biology Colloquium

Biology Colloquium

Postby cdouglas » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:14 pm


Dr. Samuel Diaz-Munoz
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology
University of California San Diego

“Sex, Social Behavior and
Evolution in Viruses”

Monday, December 10, 2012
3:00-4:00 PM
Engineering East Building, Room 191

Why does sex exist? Why should individuals perform behaviors to benefit another individual or group? How do different environments shape the path of evolution? Viruses are surprisingly good systems to address these fundamental evolutionary questions. In turn, evolutionary studies are essential to understand viruses, revealing findings of direct relevance to societal needs. In this talk, I will highlight the relevance of social evolution theory, originally developed for animals, to viral biology. I will present ongoing work on the evolution of sex in RNA viruses isolated from natural settings. Finally, I will outline future research directions focusing on the integration of experimental evolution and environmental virology.

For further information: or phone 278-2001.
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