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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research overview

Jasmina is an evolutionary biologist interested in the evolutionary novelty of complex phenotypes. While obtaining her MA from Columbia University in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, she explored mechanisms of speciation and the role of sex-determining loci that affect reproductive incompatibility between species to help understand hybridization in plants from the scales of genes to morphology and phylogeny. Her current research investigates the evolution of transcriptional regulation of specialized metabolites with a variety of phylogenetic and synthetic biological approaches to understand how nature reinvents colour via specialized metabolism.


Multiple mechanisms explain loss of anthocyanins from betalain-pigmented Caryophyllales, including repeated wholesale loss of a key anthocyanidin synthesis enzyme 

Postgraduate Student
Jasmina Dzurlic

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Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,