Department of Biology and Biochemistry
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Education: Ph.D., University of Canterbury
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Dr. Timothy Cooper’s lab uses experimental evolution to study the process of evolution in real-time. The small size and fast generation times of microorganisms allows replicate populations to be propagated under controlled environmental conditions for thousands of generations. Large population sizes means that many mutations can be sampled by evolving populations, so that evolution can be rapid. Because microbes can be cryopreserved, entire populations can be saved as a living “fossil record” to be resuscitated later to investigate changes of key parameters such as fitness and genetic diversity.