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Alexander Shingleton: Principle Investigator

I got my BA in Zoology from the University of Oxford (St. Peter’s College, 1993-6), and my PhD from the University of Cambridge (Clare College, 1998-2001), working with Dr. William Foster on the evolution of ant-aphid interactions. I then moved to Princeton University for my postdoctoral training with Dr. David Stern, working first on pea aphids before switching to using Drosophila as my model organism.

In 2006 I started my own lab, first as an assistant professor, then associate professor, in the Department of Zoology (now Integrative Biology) at Michigan State University. I left MSU in 2013 to become an associate professor at Lake Forest College, IL. In 2018 I took up my current position as an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as part of the Evolution and Ecology group.

I am, broadly speaking, an evolutionary biologist, with a special focus on the developmental regulation and evolution of morphology, particularly morphological plasticity. My research spans multiple levels of biological organization, incorporating molecular and developmental biology, physiology and behavior. I primarily use Drosophila as a model organism, exploiting the wide variety of genetic manipulations that are available in fruit flies. I also have a long-standing interest in modeling biological processes mathematically.