About Hwei-yen Chen:

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fellow (Project: MutANTs; 840414). I am interested in ageing, genome evolution, germline and somatic mutation rate evolution, the evolution of cancer, and evolutionary medicine. My project MutANTs aims at identifying the evolutionary forces driving the variation in germline mutation rate within and across species. To achieve this goal, MutANTs had two scientific Objectives (Obs.): Ob. 1 - To develop the first model of maternal age-dependent germline mutation rate (GMR) using whole-genome re-sequencing data from a 14-year collection of mother-sons samples of the CSE laboratory attine ant species Acromyrmex echinatior; and Ob. 2 - To develop the first comprehensive understanding of phylogenetically GMR evolution as a function of maximal life-span of queens, mean mature colony size, social system, and Ne - adjusted for phylogenetic ancestry - capturing the key characteristics of comparative attine life-history, based on mother-offspring whole-genome re-sequencing data from 12 attine species and 9 outgroup ant species.

I started my H2020 Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (no. 840414) in the center. I will work on the mutation loads in ants. More information is here (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/840414).

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