Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs

Elsa Call

Elsa is a PhD student at the Department of Biology, Lund University (Sweden). She works on the development of next-generation sequencing techniques for DNA from museum specimens. Her project focuses on molecular phylogenetics, more precisely on Lepidoptera (butterflies) phylogenomics. This project is under the supervision of Niklas Wahlberg and Mikael Hedrén.

Elsa is from France where she completed her MSc in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Rennes (France). Her MSc. research project was then focused on the identification of genomic regions involved in the polymorphism of reproductive modes in the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum, Aphididae), at the Institute for Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection (IGEPP) at Le Rheu (France). This project was under the supervision of Jean-Christophe Simon and Julie Jacquiéry. More precisely, Elsa looked for genomic regions under selection for this trait and tried to investigate the genetic mechanisms underlying the loss of sexual reproduction in the pea aphid, by using a pool-seq approach. Prior to that, she has partaken in a training course and worked on different research projects at the Biological Centre on Populations Management (CBGP) at Montferrier-sur-Lez (France). For this first research internship, supervised by Emmanuel Jousselin, Elsa was introduced to studying sexual and asexual (parthenogenesis) reproduction in the leaf curl plum aphid (Brachycaudus helichrysi, Aphididae), with an experimental ecological approach with insect breeding and rearing.

As a biologist, Elsa is particularly interested in insects as biological model, as well in genomics studies and how this research field can be used to answer the ecological, biological and phylogenetic issues.

Find out more about her project: "Development of next-generation sequencing techniques for museum specimens"

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