Brendan G. Hunt
Assistant Professor of Entomology
- Phenotypic plasticity
- Molecular evolution
My research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms and evolutionary processes underlying developmental plasticity, the process by which organisms develop different forms in response to environmental variation. Developmental plasticity plays a fundamental role in the generation of adaptive phenotypes in diverse eukaryotes and is exceptionally prominent in many insect taxa. My research has advanced along two interdependent avenues: the importance of epigenetic information to the mediation of developmental plasticity and the evolution of genes involved in developmental plasticity.
Tyler Eaton, Technician
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Hunt BG, Glastad KM, Yi SV, Goodisman MAD 2013. The function of intragenic DNA methylation: insights from insect epigenomes. Integrative and Comparative Biology 53: 319-328.
Hunt BG, Glastad KM, Yi SV, Goodisman MAD 2013. Patterning and regulatory associations of DNA methylation are mirrored by histone modifications in insects. Genome Biology and Evolution 5: 591-598.
Hunt BG, Ometto L, Keller L, Goodisman MAD 2013. Evolution at two levels in fire ants: the relationship between patterns of gene expression and protein sequence evolution. Molecular Biology and Evolution 30: 263-271.
Hunt BG, Ometto L, Wurm Y, Shoemaker D, Yi SV, Keller L, Goodisman MAD 2011. Relaxed selection is a precursor to the evolution of phenotypic plasticity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108: 15936-15941.
Glastad KM, Hunt BG, Yi SV, Goodisman MAD 2011. DNA methylation in insects: on the brink of the epigenomic era. Insect Molecular Biology 20: 553-565.
Hunt BG, Wyder S, Elango N, Werren JH, Zdobnov EM, Yi SV, Goodisman MAD 2010. Sociality is linked to rates of protein evolution in a highly social insect. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27: 497-500.
Hunt BG, Brisson JA, Yi SV, Goodisman MAD 2010. Functional conservation of DNA methylation in the pea aphid and the honeybee. Genome Biology and Evolution 2: 719-728.
Elango N, Hunt BG, Goodisman MAD, Yi SV 2009. DNA methylation is widespread and associated with differential gene expression in castes of the honeybee, Apis mellifera. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106: 11206-11211.