Karin van der Burg

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient Karin van der Berg researches the evolution of diapause; a complex phenotype that allows insects to survive in harsh winters.

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Katie Marshall
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Research topic

Insect overwintering

Research Description

I study the evolution of diapause; a complex phenotype that allows insects to survive harsh winters. Entering diapause requires profound reorganization of physiology that must be coordinated across multiple levels of biological organization. I will study the genetic and physiological changes necessary to induce diapause, and how these mechanisms evolve. To achieve this, I will use a major pest species; Choristoneura fumiferana, or the eastern spruce budworm, as a model organism. This work will help us understand how levels of biological organization work together to create a complex phenotype.

Why did you decide to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC? Did you consider other opportunities?

UBC has a long standing history of both physiology and genetic research, making this university an ideal place for integrative research

What specifically attracted you to your research group?

Katie Marhsall is an expert in overwintering animals, something I was very interested in. The Marshall lab is also a fun, welcoming group that I was excited to join!

What advice do you have for new postdoctoral fellows?

Keep calm and pipet on; take things one step at the time!

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hiking, quilting, hanging out with a beer!

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your postdoctoral fellowship?

I love working with other fantastic researchers!

What does receiving this award mean for your career?

This award will give me the freedom to fully tackle an interesting and important research question