Wen-Juan Ma Research

Evolutionary Genetics and Comparative Genomics

Welcome to my website!

I am Wen-Juan Ma, a passionate evolutionary genetist and evolutionary genomist. My research lies at the intersection of evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, comparative and functional genomics and bioinformatics, specifically I have developed strong interests in the fields of evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes/mating-type chromosomes, sex determination, and endosymbiont-induced asexuality. I address these related questions in a wide variety of organisms such as amphibians, plants, fungi and parasitoid wasps, integrating fieldwork, lab crosses, molecular genetic, and comparative and functional genomic approaches.

I previously worked with evolutionary genomics of homomorphic sex chromosomes, with Nicolas Perrin, John Pannell (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) and Mark Kirkpatrick (University of Austin, USA). Currently I am working on evolutionary genomics and temporal degeneration of mating-type chromosomes in Microbotryum fungi with Michael Hood, at Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA, and closely collaborate with Tatiana Giraud, from Ecologie Systematics and Evolution, the University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.

If some projects are interesting to you, please drop me
an email to get in touch, I’d be happy to discuss and form possible collaborations.
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