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Ehab Abouheif received his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Developmental Biology from Duke University in the laboratory of Gregory A. Wray, where he studied the evolutionary and developmental basis of the wing polyphenism in ants. He then moved to the laboratory of Nipam H. Patel, in Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow. There he studied the origin of arthropod limbs. Ehab Abouheif joined the Biology Department at McGill University in September 2004 as a Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Developmental Biology.

Research in the Abouheif laboratory

The genes that control embryonic development have been conserved throughout the animal kingdom. How the same genes have evolved to pattern such diverse animal morphologies largely remains a mystery. The Abouheif lab addresses this fundamental question by studying the expression of these developmental genes both within and between closely related ant species.

The study of the ways these genes are expressed in different castes in an ant colony, such as its queens and its workers, allows us to study how these genes operate in different environmental conditions, and whether these environmental conditions play an important role in facilitating evolution of genomes and morphology.

Selected Publications

Todd H. Oakley, Zhenglong Gu, Ehab Abouheif, Nipam H. Patel, and Wen-Hsiung Li. (2005) Comparative Methods for the Analysis of Gene-Expression Evolution: An Example Using Yeast Functional Genomic Data. Mol. Biol. Evol. 22: 40-50.

Abouheif, E. (2004) Comprehensive reference for Evo-Devo or collective challenge to Neo-Darwinism? Evolution 58: 2837-2839.

Rheindt F.E., T.U. Grafe, and E. Abouheif (2004) Rapidly evolving traits and the comparative method: how important is testing for phylogenetic signal? Evolutionary Ecology Research 6: 377-396.

Abouheif, E. (2004) A framework for studying the evolution of gene networks underlying polyphenism: insights from winged and wingless ant castes. In Hall B.K. et al (eds.), Environment, Development, and Evolution. MIT Press.

G.A. Wray, M.W. Hahn, E. Abouheif, J.P. Balhoff, M. Pizer, M.V. Rockman, and L.A. Romano (2003) The evolution of transcriptional regulation in Eukaryotes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 20: 1377-1419.

Reeve, J. and E. Abouheif (2003). Phylogenetic Independence. Version 2.0. Computer Program.

Abouheif, E. and Wray, G.A. (2002) Evolution of the gene network underlying the wing polyphenism in ants. Science 297: 249-252.

Abouheif, E. and Wray, G.A. (2002) Evolution of Development. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Nature Publishing Group. www.ELS.net: 1-6.

Abouheif, E. (1999) Establishing homology criteria for regulatory gene networks: prospects and challenges. In Bock, G. and G. Cardew (eds.), Homology, 207-225. John Wiley and Sons.

Abouheif, E. (1999) A method for testing the assumption of phylogenetic independence in comparative data. Evolutionary Ecology Research 1: 895-909.

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