We pay particular attention to recombination as a fundamental parameter in the evolution of genes and genomes. We study the molecular causes and evolutionary consequences of recombination variation. To this end we apply an interdisciplinary approach using population genetics models and theory, computer simulations, traditional genetics, and next-generation sequencing techniques to study genomes and transcriptomes. We use Drosophila as model organism.

Two Graduate/Masters Positions are available: We are seeking highly motivated graduate students (Master's or Ph.D.) interested in recombination variation, its molecular causes and evolutionary consequences. We are also investigating potential mechanistic links between stressful conditions and increased recombination, the very same circumstances where recombination may be most favorable. This NSF-funded research will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Ana Llopart's lab and offers opportunities to learn/apply genomics, population genetics, next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, theory and modeling, etc.  The Comeron and Llopart labs are affiliated with a number of graduate programs, including the Department of Biology (IBIO) and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics.  Potential applicants should contact Josep Comeron in advance.

If you are interested in learning more about our research or joining the lab, please see the RESEARCH page or CONTACT US

Office and Lab:

212/215 Biology Bldg (BB). Department of Biology.
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 42240