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Selected Recent Publications from the True Lab

Lachance, J., Johnson, N.A., and True, J.R. 2011 The population genetics of X-autosome synthetic lethals and steriles. Genetics 189:1011-27.

Yukilevich, R., Turner, T.L., Aoki, F., Nuzhdin, S.V., and True J.R. 2010 Patterns and processes of genome-wide divergence between North American and African Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics. 2010 186:219-39.

Lachance, J. and True, J.R. 2010 X-autosome incompatibilities in Drosophila melanogaster: tests of Haldane’s rule and geographic patterns within species. Evolution 64:3035-46.

Yukilevich R, True J.R. 2008 African morphology, behavior, and pheromones underlie incipient sexual isolation between U.S. and Caribbean Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 62:2807-2828.

Yukilevich R, Lachance J, Aoki F, True J.R. 2008 Long-term evolution of epistatic genetic networks. Evolution 62:2215-2235.

Yukilevich R, True J.R. 2008 Incipient sexual isolation among cosmopolitan Drosophila melanogaster populations. Evolution 62:2112-21.

Jeong, S., Rebeiz. M., Andolfatto, P., Werner, T., True, J.R., and Carroll, S.B. 2008 The evolution of gene regulation underlies the morphological divergence of two closely related Drosophila species.  Cell 132: 783-703.

Yukilevich, R., and True, J.R. 2006. Divergent outcomes of reinforcement speciation: the relative importance of assortative mating and migration modification. Am Nat 167: 638-654.

Yeh, S.-D., Liou, S.-R. and True, J.R. 2006 Genetics of divergence in male wing pigmentation and courtship behavior between Drosophila elegans and D. gunungcola. Heredity 96: 383-395.


Our laboratory studies developmental and evolutionary genetics using Drosophila pigmentation patterns and behavior and other traits as models.

Dept. of Ecology and Evolution

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794

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John True



Rocio Ng

(graduate student)




Roman Yukilevich

(Union College)


Shu-Dan Yeh

(Univ. Cal. Irvine)


Erin Hill-Burns

(Wadsworth Center, NYS Dept. of Health)


Joe Lachance

(Univ. Penn)