I am an evolutionary geneticist with a broad interest in genomics and ecology of adaptive radiations, especially in insects. In the Lawniczak group I work towards understanding selection on the major vectors of malaria, the Anopheline mosquitoes. To this end I analyse the data from the Anopheles gambiae/coluzzi 1000 genomes project, as well as closely related species. The goal of this research is to identify both the targets of recent selection by malaria-eradication programs, and signatures of more ancient events.
My PhD work focused on phylogenomics of the Heliconius butterflies, an iconic group of Neotropical mimics. I studied the temporal dynamics of their diversification, interactions with the Passiflora host plants and genomics of interspecific hybridisation. I have extensive experience in tropical fieldwork, mostly in Latin America.
Multilocus species trees show the recent adaptive radiation of the mimetic heliconius butterflies.
Systematic biology 2015;64;3;505-24
The diversification of Heliconius butterflies: what have we learned in 150 years?
Journal of evolutionary biology 2015;28;8;1417-38
Extensive range overlap between heliconiine sister species: evidence for sympatric speciation in butterflies?
BMC evolutionary biology 2015;15;125
Genome-wide patterns of divergence and gene flow across a butterfly radiation.
Molecular ecology 2013;22;3;814-26
Female behaviour drives expression and evolution of gustatory receptors in butterflies.
PLoS genetics 2013;9;7;e1003620