Northwestern University

Tue 12:00 PM

Microbiology-Immunology Department: Richard Lenski, PhD

When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Hank Seifert, PhD   312.503.9788

Group: Department of Microbiology-Immunology Seminars/Events

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Department of Microbiology-Immunology

"Dynamics of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution in a Long-Term Experiment with E. coli"


Richard Lenski, PhD / Michigan State University

Hosted by M-I Dept. Bacteriology Graduate Students and Postdocs / Coordinated by  Postdoc, Linda Hu


Evolution is an on-going process, one that can be studied experimentally in organisms with rapid generations. We have watched 12 populations of Escherichia coli evolve in a simple environment for over 30 years and 65,000 generations. The aims of this experiment are to characterize the tempo and mode of evolution, and to examine the repeatability of the phenotypic and genomic changes. We have quantified the dynamics of adaptation by natural selection, documented many cases of parallel evolution, observed changes in the underlying mutation rate, and seen the appearance of a new metabolic function that transcends the usual definition of E. coli as a species. We have sequenced hundreds of complete genomes to characterize and understand the dynamic coupling of phenotypic and genotypic evolution during periods of optimization and innovation.



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