Daniel Kliebenstein – University of California, Davis (USA)

The Kliebenstein laboratory works to understand how new traits can evolve and become integrated into an existing genome and organism. For this, the laboratory utilizes the glucosinolate pathway within Arabidopsis as a model trait that has recently evolved within this lineage of plants. To understand the evolution of this defense pathway, they study the ecological, evolutionary and systems biological ramifications. This involves wide ranging studies from measuring the field fitness consequences of these genes to studying the evolution of global transcriptional regulation of primary and secondary metabolism.