My main research motivation is to contribute to the understanding of the process of adaptive evolution in multicellular, sexual organisms. I am therefore interested in broad questions regarding the genetic mechanisms underlying adaptive evolution (mutation and recombination) and in understanding how genomic and phenotypic complexity can affect adaptation. Specifically, I seek to understand how life-history traits are shaped by natural selection and also how this proceeds differently in different sexes.
In this context, I find the relationship between reproduction and lifespan particularly interesting. Currently, I am investigating the mechanistic basis of the relationship between reproduction and lifespan and also how this relationship is modulated by diet.