posted July 9, 2014
MSI Principal Investigator Michael Travisano, an associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, is quoted in an article that appeared recently on the website io9.com. The article poses the question, “Are Cities Evolving Into Hive Organisms?”
Professor Travisano’s research group studies how microbiobial populations evolve. They have created a multicellular organism out of the single-celled yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. They also study organisms such as eubacteria, alga, cyanobacteria, and multicellular fungi, and are particularly interested in the evolution of novel regulatory structures associated with novel phenotypes and development.