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Nameprof.dr. JAGM de Visser
FirstnameArjan
Emailarjan.devisser@wur.nl

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OrganizationDepartment of Plant Sciences
Organization UnitLaboratory of Genetics
Phone+31 317 483 144
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Phone 2+31 6 18192510
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Visiting addressDroevendaalsesteeg 1
6708PB, WAGENINGEN
Building/Room107/W2.Ee.075
Postal addressPostbus 16
6700AA, WAGENINGEN
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Biography

For more info see website Microbial Experimental Evolution group

2015-present   Professor (personal chair), Lab of Genetics, Wageningen University

2008-2015   Associate professor, Lab of Genetics, Wageningen University

2001-2008   Asistant professor (with NWO Vidi), Lab of Genetics, Wageningen University

1998-2001   Postdoc (with NWO Veni), Lab of Microbiology, Wageningen University (advisor WM de Vos)

1996-1998   Postdoc, Center of Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University (advisor RE Lenski)

1996   PhD Genetics, Wageningen University and University of Amsterdam (advisors RF Hoekstra and H van den Ende)

1989   MSc Biology, Utrecht University

1985   BSc Biology, Nijmegen University


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  • We use microbes (both prokaryote and eukaryote) in laboratory evolution experiments to study the genetics and ecology of adaptation. The specific topics we address include the evolution of antibiotic resistance and microbial social interactions, the predictability of evolution and the structure of real fitness landscapes. Microbes offer numerous advantages for such studies, such as rapid generations, large populations, and ease of experimental control. But even microbes have limitations, which can be overcome by using the approach of in vitro evolution of a single enzyme. The enzyme we use is TEM-1 beta-lactamase, which confers resistance to certain antibiotics, and which facilitates experimental control of key variables such as recombination, mutation rate and strength of selection, and hence the exploration of parts of sequence space never explored before by nature.
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  • GEN-11306 - Evolution and Systematics
  • GEN-30306 - Genetic Analysis Trends and Concepts
  • GEN-51306 - Seminal Papers in Evolutionary Biology
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