In general, the area of research of the group is Evolutionary Biology. I am interested in applying ideas and methods from Evolutionary Biology to other areas of research, namely microbiology, immunology and epidemiology. In my research I am combining theoretical and empirical work aiming at a better understanding of the major forces that shape variation in natural populations. Of particular interest are microbial populations. Some present and future projects in my research: study the process of adaptation using Escherichia coli as a model organism, and use E.coli as a workhorse to test general theories of adaptive evolution and ask about epistatic interactions between alleles on fitness; estimate evolutionary parameters in Tetrahymena thermophila; understand its ecology and diversity in natural populations; understand genetic diversity in microbes that cause human diseases: study molecular variation considering the complex demographic/epidemiological history that is characteristic of pathogens; understand co-evolution between host and pathogens.
ColaboratorsInstituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal: Karina Xavier, Miguel Godinho, Jocelyne Demenjeot, Gabriela Gomes and Helena Soares
Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Brazil: Paulo Campos
Universidade California, Berkeley, USA: Doris Bachtrog
Universidade de Lyon, France: Gabriel Marais