The long-term goal of our research is to understand both the molecular mechanisms and the evolution of adaptive traits. To this end, we are using both phenotype-first and genotype-first approaches to identify genetic variants with a potential role in local, regional or global adaptation. Such studies benefit tremendously from knowledge about the genomes of other species, as well from a historical perspective that exploits ancient DNA methods to unlock the knowledge stored in herbaria. One of our lines of research, on fitness tradeoffs, is now being supported through a grant from the ERC. You can read the application here.
Apart from scientific discoveries, training the next generation of leaders in the field is very important to us. Many former members have established successful careers, and several have won major scientific prizes and awards. There is a range of exciting opportunities to perform cutting-edge work in the department, and we are always interested in hearing from undergraduates, PhD students and postdocs who want to be part of our team.
Watch the movie ‘Introduction to the Weigel lab’ that George produced for our eLife Twitter takeover in 2014:
Every two years, we go for a two-day lab retreat to discuss future research directions in the department. Here are some scientific and non-scientific impressions:
Our beautiful campus provides nice settings for BBQs and beers hours during the warm and cold months of the year! Some pictures:
Some of our (recent) graduates: