Thesis projects of the Laboratory of Genetics

The Lab of Genetics offers a broad range of excellent MSc Thesis or Internship topics, mostly embedded in the current state-of-the-art research programs.

Since the Lab has good contacts with many research labs worldwide, there are also ample opportunities to go abroad and do your MSc Thesis or Internship research in a foreign lab. We would be happy to assist you in arranging this.

To start a Genetics MSc Thesis or Internship, we recommend you to follow Basic Genetics (GEN 10306), Molecular and Evolutionary Ecology (GEN 20306) or Genetic Analysis, Tools and Concepts (GEN 30306) course prior to starting your thesis work.

Thesis projects will be part of ongoing research projects at the Laboratory. To make an appointment for further discussion on thesis possibilities and general enquiries, you may contact Prof Bas Zwaan. When you already know you are interested in a specific topic, you may contact the people involved in that research directly. You may also check out personal pages of people at the Laboratory and directly contact people who do research that interests you.

The research and associated thesis projects are centered around three themes: (1) Generating variation; (2) Genetics and levels of selection, and (3) Genetics of adaptation.

Model organisms and experimental systems used in our laboratory include:

  • Drosophila
  • Nasonia
  • Aspergillus
  • E coli
  • Bacterial ecosystems
  • Arabidopsis
  • Brassica
  • Noccaea
  • Error prone PCR
  • Termites and fungal symbionts
  • Chromosome painting
  • Yeast