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Our research interests revolve around testing fundamental theories in evolutionary biology, particularly in the area of the evolution of sociality and the origin of complex traits, including so-called “major transitions in evolution”, which underlie the gradual complexification of life on earth. To do so, our lab uses a combination of theorical modelling, advanced data analysis and comparative analyses, and has made use of a diverse set of model systems, ranging from insects and microorganisms to humans and artificially evolved teams of robots. In addition, our lab is also increasingly interested in unravelling the mechanistic basis of social traits, including their (epi)genetic basis, as well as in deciphering the advanced chemical communication systems that are part of the complex sociality in insects. These projects make use of gel-based and gel-free proteomics, microarrays, RNA and methylome sequencing and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry for the identification of chemical signalling molecules.
- Van Oystaeyen A., Oliveira R., Holman L., van Zweden J., Romero C., Oi C., d'Ettorre P., Khalesi M., Billen J., Wäckers F., Millar J., Wenseleers T. 2014. Conserved class of queen pheromones stops social insect workers from reproducing. Science. vol. , pp. 287-290
- Larmuseau M., Vanoverbeke J., Van Geystelen A., Defraene G., Vanderheyden N., Matthijs K., Wenseleers T., Decorte R. 2013. Low historical rates of cuckoldry in a Western European human population traced by Y-chromosome and genealogical data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences. vol.280 (1772)
- Cardoen D., Wenseleers T., Ernst U., Danneels E., Laget D., de Graaf D., Schoofs L., Verleyen P. 2011. Genome-wide analysis of alternative reproductive phenotypes in honeybee workers. Molecular Ecology. vol.20 (19) , pp. 4070-4084
- Wenseleers T., Gardner A., Foster K. 2010. Social evolution theory: a review of methods and approaches. In Social behaviour: genes, ecology and evolution. Szekely T., Moore A., Komdeur J. (eds.) Cambridge University Press (Cambridge) , pp. 132-164
- Ratnieks F., Wenseleers T. 2008. Altruism in insect societies and beyond: voluntary or enforced?. Trends in ecology & evolution. vol. , pp. 45-52