Esra Durmaz

I am interested in the genetic basis of phenotypic variation in life history traits such as longevity, reproduction, stress resistance and diapause in natural and experimental populations of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). In my Ph.D. project, I aim to examine clinal phenotypic variation in life history traits along latitudinal gradients and to determine the relevence of candidate genes and allelic variants that might underlie variation in life history traits.

2013 - date
Ph.D. student at the University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution, supervised by Prof. Thomas Flatt

2009 – 2012
Master's Degree at Hacettepe University, Institute of Graduate Studies in Science, Department of Biology, Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics Laboratory, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Ergi Deniz Ozsoy and Prof. Therese Ann Markow : “A study of sexual maturity, offspring number and mating behavior characteristics in genetically different natural isofemale lines of Drosophila subobscura from Turkey.”

Internship with Prof. Therese Ann Markow, University of California, San Diego, Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, Division of Biological Sciences : “A study of the effects of common rearing media on development times and metabolic pools of protein, glycogen and triglycerides in isofemale strains of Drosophila melanogaster.”

2004 - 2009
Bachelor's Degree at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology



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