Christen Mirth


Christen Mirth

Christen Mirth


Ph.D. University of Cambridge

Telephone: +61 3 9905 1147
Fax: +61 3 9905 5613

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I took up my first independent position as aGroup Leader in 2010 at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Portugal). Afterfive years of leader a lab in Portugal, I moved to Australia to begin alectureship at the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. My groupinvestigates the developmental and evolution of environmentally-sensitivetraits.I completed my PhD in the Department of Zoology,University of Cambridge (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Michael Akam in2002. From 2003-2008, I conducted my post-doctoral training in the Departmentof Biology, University of Washington (USA). In 2008, I moved to JaneliaResearch Campus – HHMI (USA) to complete two more years of post-doctoraltraining as a Research Specialist.

Projects in my group cover a broad range oftopics: understanding how environmental factors affect body size and shape,determining how the organs of the body coordinate their growth and patterning,investigating how environmental factors affect foraging choice, and finally exploring the evolution of plasticity.

We make use of differences in the ecologybetween species of Drosophila fruitflies to understand how plasticity in morphology and behaviour evolve, and thebroad range of genetic manipulations possible in Drosophila melanogaster to tackle the molecular underpinnings ofenvironmentally-induced effects on development and behaviour.