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Yaniv Brandvain

Assistant Professor


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Research Statement

We are dedicated to understanding the origin, diversity, distribution of, and evolutionary forces active within, the flowering plants. Our group is fundamentally integrative, synthesizing genomic, theoretical, phylogenetic, comparative, molecular and field work to address these biological questions. We use genomic data to understand the history of divergence, adaptation, introgression and biogeography in emerging model systems. We use large-scale comparative analyses to reveal the major drivers of species diversity, phenotypic variation, and reproductive isolation in the flowering plants. We complement these genomic and comparative inferences with both functional analyses of the genetic and ecological bases of reproductive isolation, and basic population genomic theory to generate hypotheses and novel inference methods.

I encourage students, postdocs, and collaborators with a deep curiosity and interest in speciation, introgression, plant mating system evolution, and/or genomic conflicts and who are unafraid of maths, computers, pipettes and plants in their native range and are who are interested in a collegial and collaborative environment to contact me.

Selected Publications

Brandvain, Y, T Slotte, K Hazzouri, SI Wright, and G Coop. 2013. Genomic Identification of Founding Haplotypes Reveals the History of the Selfing Species Capsella rubella. PLoS Genetics. in press [ arXiv link: ]

Brandvain, Y, and G Coop. 2012. Scrambling Eggs: Meiotic Drive and the Evolution of Female Recombination Rates. Genetics 190: 709-723.

Brandvain, Y, and MJ Wade. 2009. The Functional Transfer of Genes From the Mitochondria to the Nucleus: The Effects of Selection, Mutation, Population Size and Rate of Self-Fertilization. Genetics 182: 1129-1139 

Brandvain, Y, MS Barker, and MJ Wade. 2007.  Gene co-inheritance and gene transfer. Science: 315: 1685-1685.

Brandvain, Y, and D Haig. 2005. Divergent mating systems and parental conflict as a barrier to hybridization in flowering plants. American Naturalist 166: 330-338.


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