Dr Alison E Wright
Tel: +44 (0114) 222 0112
Room D210, Alfred Denny Building
NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Sheffield, UK (2017‒present)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College London, UK (2014‒2017)
DPhil Zoology, University of Oxford – thesis title ‘Mating system, sex-specific selection and the evolution of the avian sex chromosomes’ (2010‒2014)
BA Biological Sciences, University of Oxford (2007‒2010)
Key Research Interests
Males and females of many species across the animal kingdom often look and behave very differently. However, the two sexes share an almost identical set of genes. So, how do these remarkable sex differences arise?
Sex chromosomes are the only region of the genome to differ between females and males, and are, therefore, predicted to play key roles in the evolution of sexual dimorphism. My research is centered on understanding the genomic and evolutionary processes underlying sex differences. In particular, I am interested in:
• the origins and turnover of sex chromosome systems
• sex chromosome degeneration
• role of the sex chromosomes in sexual dimorphism
• evolution of gene expression and dosage compensation
• genome evolution and sexual selection.