Hi, my name is Marianna and I am an evolutionary biologist and geneticist. I am interested in the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the evolution of adaptive traits.
I did my PhD in Marseille, France where I studied how a pest fruit fly of fresh fruit evolved its egg-laying preference for fresh fruit (Benjamin Prud'homme lab).
I am now doing a postdoc in Berkeley, USA where I study how a community of insects adapted to toxic cardenolide-producing plants (Noah Whiteman lab).
I keep a dream project to work one day on the chemical language of ants and study their dialects.....