Axel completed his PhD in the Pask Lab examining the loci that contribute to convergent skull evolution between the extinct marsupial thylacine and placental canids.
Axel used a combination of geometric morphometrics to quantify skull shape, and molecular and genetic tools to examine the role of putative craniofacial candidates underpinning skull convergence.
Now, Axel is undertaking a post-doc in the Pask Lab continuing our thylacine research, and perusing his own research interests of skull development and evolution between mammals.
See his recent publications here.
- Mammalian skull development and evolution
Dunnart developmental, reproductive and stem cell biology
Thylacine convergent evolution
The thylacine was a large carnivorous marsupial that displayed many similarities with other large carnivorous canids, such as dogs and wolves, representing a remarkable case of convergent evolution in mammals. The Pask lab seeks to determine the underlying genetic basis of their similarities, with an emphasis on non-coding genetic elements driving development of the skull. See more of our research here