Welcome to the Leips Lab!

Our primary research interest is the genetic basis of natural variation in aging.  In particular, we are focused on identifying the genes that influence the age-related changes in traits that directly affect fitness, using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. We utilize a variety of gene mapping methods to identify candidate genes affecting these traits and then test the effects of these genes on the phenotype of interest. Current projects focus on age-related declines in immunity, reproduction, and different measures of physical performance.