Friberg Lab

Urban Friberg 

Urban Friberg

Assistant Professor

Research in our group can broadly be defined as evolutionary genetics, with an emphasis on genetic conflicts. We have previously addressed questions in several topics in this field, such as reproductive conflicts between the sexes, mitochondrial genetic variation, genetic conflict over recombination, the genetic architecture of fitness, sexual dimorphism in aging and lifespan, and genetic conflicts between the sex chromosomes. Most of these studies have been conducted using either the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) or a seed beetle (Callosobruchus maculatus) and some have been theoretical.

Currently we are primarily focusing on sex-specific variation in various life-history traits, with a special emphasis on longevity and aging, using the D. melanogaster model system. These studies combine classic Drosophila genetics with modern systems biology approaches. The overall goal with these studies is to provide us with a better understanding of how and why the sexes differ with respect to longevity and rate of aging and how the genes that contribute to these phenotypes are distributed over the genome.

Please contact us if you are interested in these questions and would like to join us as a master student, PhD student or post doc.

Current lab members

Jaime Grace (Post doc) Epigenetics
Robert Griffin (PhD-student) Sexual dimorphism in ageing
Marios Thoma (Master student)

Past lab members

Élise Biquand (Project student)
Rebecca Dean (Post doc) Now post doc in Prof Judith Mank's lab
Cindy Canton (Research technician)
Aivars Cirulis (Reserach training)
Ilona Flis (Research technician)
Damien Le Gall (Project student)
Henrik Lysell (Research technician)
Preeti Menon (Research training)
Marcus Nyberg (Project student)
Balaje Vijayaraghavan (Research training)

Current and past collaborators

Goran Arnqvist, Uppsala University, Sweden
Richard Bailey, Uppsala University, Sweden
Trine Bilde, Aarhus University, Denmark
Damian Dowling, Monash University, Australia
Sergey Gavrilets, University of Tennessee, USA
Frank Hailer, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, USA
Johan Lindell, Uppsala University, Sweden
Alexei Maklakov, Uppsala University, Sweden
Paige Miller, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Ted Morrow, Uppsala University, Sweden
Anna Qvarnström, Uppsala University, Sweden
Bill Rice, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Patrik Rydén, Umeå University, Sweden
Holger Schielzeth
, Bielefeld University
Andrew Stewart, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Contact Info

Urban Friberg

+46 (0)18-471 6415 (office)
+46 (0)18-471 6310 (fax)

Mailing address:

Dept. of Evolutionary Biology, EBC,
Uppsala University,
Norbyägen 18D,
75236 Uppsala, Sweden

Visiting address:

EBC, Norbyvägen 18D, Room 1026