Research in the Bronikowski lab takes an integrated approach to understanding phenotypic variation that varies with age, such as mortality, reproduction, immune function, stress response, and metabolism. We address these questions at multiple levels of organization: evolutionary time scales, landscape ecological drivers, physiological and cellular mechanisms, and genomic modifications in vertebrates. We answer fundamental questions in aging evolution and ecology using field studies of natural populations, physiological and molecular experimentation, and mathematical modeling. We are primarily interested in the evolution of senescence and lifespan. Our current projects involve (i) characterizing the action of aging genes and molecular networks in reptiles, (ii) testing how reptiles age mechanistically, considering oxidative stress and immune function, and (iii) modeling senescent rates in mortality and reproduction.
Dr. Anne Bronikowski
Area of Expertise:
Comparative Biology of Aging
Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, 1997
M.S., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, 1994
B.S., Biochemistry and Mathematical Biology, Marquette University, 1987