Molecular Evolution of Organismic Interactions (bio247)
Interactions between organisms are a prominent part of biology. They are the result of millions of years of evolution. Which is the impact of the mutual adaptations on RNA, DNA, and proteins? How can the processes of evolution be reconstructed by the footprints they left within the genomes? In the lecture of the module basics of molecular evolution and some fundamental models of gene evolution will be presented. In the practical part, modern research strategies will be presented in the lab, supplemented with seminars about sequence analyses, strategies for the identification of unknown sequences for a specific function, interpretation of phylogenetic trees, cloning strategies for heterologous protein expression, and natural compound analyses. You will get an overview about the research and the methods of our group that focusses on the evolution of plant-insect interactions.
During the module you will give a seminar talk. The module ends with a written exam.