Gerry Lorigan ~ Master's degree in Genetics and Development

101 Biotechnology Building
Ithaca, NY 14853

Email: jgl33 at cornell dot edu

Research Interests:
My work examines the developmental mechanisms by which genetic polymorphisms give rise to quantitative phenotypic variation, using Drosophila wings as a model system. I study genes which are either part or targets of known signal transduction cascades, which have well-characterized roles in the formation of the pattern of wing venation characteristic of Drosophila. My goal is to understanding how subtle variation in developmental pathways gives rise to continuously distributed phenotypic variation and to quantify the role these pathways have played in producing the variation that has evolved in nature.

Graduate Field and Fellowships:
  • Genetics and Development

  • B.P. Lazzaro, H.A. Flores, J.G. Lorigan, C.P. Yourth. 2008. Genotype-by-environment interactions and adaptation to local temperature affect immunity and fecundity in Drosophila melanogaster. PLOS Pathogens 4(3):e1000025. Link
  • D.A. Barbash J.G. Lorigan. 2007. Lethality in Drosophila melanogaster/Drosophila simulans species hybrids is not associated with substantial transcriptional misregulation. Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B. Molecular and developmental Evolution 308(1):74-84. Link