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  • Complex life in the making: multicellularity in cyanobacteria

Our group is based at the University of Lund and is interested in explaining the origin and breakdown of complex life

Life on earth has been shaped by several major evolutionary transitions each of which has involved independent replicating units joining together to form a new, more complex life form. For example, transitions to multicellularity, sexual reproduction, group living (societies) and symbiotic existence have all played fundamental roles in the development of life.

Our research focuses on investigating

(1) why these transitions occur

(2) how complex life is maintained

(3) what transformations occur in organismal design following transitions

(4) under what conditions does complexity break down.

This involves a number of more specific projects, click here for more details.