Welcome to The Rand Lab at Brown University

Our Research:


We are interested in understanding how natural selection acts on genes and genomes. A major focus of the lab is to study the mitochondrial genome and its interactions with the nuclear genome, and how this interaction influences animal performance, evolutionary fitness, and aging. A second major interest is how thermal selection influences the genetic composition of populations. The goals of our work are to identify the genetic interactions that allow organisms to adapt to environmental heterogeneity.

Research Foci:


Mitochondrial Evolution using Drosophila:

  • Molecular Evolution

  • Mito-Nuclear coevolution and its fitness consequences

  • Aging


Ecological Genomics:

  • Northern Accorn Barnacle as a system to understand ecological heterogenety