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Amaneet Lochab

Graduate Student

While studying molecular biology and chemistry at the University of Toronto for my undergraduate degree, I worked with Marc Johnson to study the effects of crop domestication on evolutionary processes in a generalist pest (the green peach aphid). I found myself more interested in biological questions when they were asked in the context of evolution. In the second half of my undergraduate program, I continued to explore my research interests in Helene Wagner's landscape genetics group and in Tim Westwood's research group, where I completed my undergraduate thesis project. I studied the role of the transcription factor Heat Shock Factor (HSF) during Drosophila embryogenesis using chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and became fascinated with how early developmental processes are controlled. In the Extavour lab, I am a graduate student in the OEB graduate program. I am interested in understanding the genetic pathways leading to cell fate decisions during embryogenesis and how these pathways evolved among metazoans.


Lochab, A.K. and Extavour, C.G. Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling in animal reproductive system development and function. Developmental Biology (in press) (2017)

Turcotte, M. M., Lochab, A. K., Turley, N. E., Johnson, M. T. J. (2015), Plant domestication slows pest evolution. Ecology Letters, 18: 907–915. doi: 10.1111/ele.12467