Prof. Rachel Ben-Shlomo
Department of Biology and Environment
My research interests are centered on the interaction between the environment and an organism’s genetic structure at both the gene and the genomic level. My research has two main foci: molecular population genetics and molecular chronobiology. In the molecular population genetics tract, my research primarily focuses on the genomic level. Specifically, I focus on the correlations between environmental conditions and genetic variability of different taxonomic groups of plants and animals. In the molecular chronobiology track, my principal research approach is analysis at the level of the gene. Synchronization of circadian oscillators with the outside world is achieved because light, temperature, and other external temporal cues, have acute effects on the levels of one or more of the clock’s components. My research examines the molecular changes resulting from entrainment processes caused by various environmental cues. It involves testing activation of clock and clock control genes in the main and the peripheral oscillators of ascidians and gall forming aphids.