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Dr Punita Juneja

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the genetic basis and evolution of adaptive traits. For my PhD, I studied short term evolution of the immune response of Drosophila melanogaster and addressed questions such as how alleles arise, spread, and occasionally become fixed in natural populations. Currently, I am using RNA seq to understand transcriptomic variation in the ability of Aedes aegypti mosquitos to vector the filarial nematode, Brugia malayi.


Juneja P and Lazzaro BP. (2010). Haplotype structure and expression divergence at the Drosophila cellular immune gene eater. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27(10):2284-99. [PDF]

Juneja P and Lazzaro BP. Population genetics of insect immune responses. (2009). In: Insect Infection and Immunity: Evolution, Ecology and Mechanisms, edited by Stuart Reynolds and Jens Rolff. [PDF available by request]

Juneja P and Lazzaro BP. (2009). Providencia sneebia sp. nov. and P. burhodogranariea sp. nov., novel species isolated from wild Drosophila melanogaster. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 59(5): 1108-1111. [PDF]

Goulding EH, Schenk AK, Juneja P, MacKay AW, Wade JM, Tecott LH. (2008). A robust automated system elucidates mouse home cage behavioral structure. PNAS 105(52): 20575-82. [PDF]

Wade JM, Juneja P, Mackay AW, Graham J, Havel PJ, Tecott LH, Goulding EH. (2008). Synergistic impairment of glucose homeostasis in ob/ob mice lacking functional serotonin 2C receptors. Endocrinology 149(3): 955-61. [PDF]

Castrillo LA, Thomsen L, Juneja P, Hajek AE. (2007) Detection and quantification of Entomophaga maimaiga resting spores in forest soil using real-time PCR. Mycological Research 111: 324-31. [PDF]