Lena Arevalo

Lena Arevalo, Postdoc

molecular evolution, reproduction, genotype-phenotype studies


Ph.D., 2015, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Email: lena.lueke@gmail.com


Specific Interests

My main research interests are evolutionary and functional studies of molecular processes of mammalian reproduction. My postdoctoral research focuses on how loss of imprinting in hybrid mice leads to differential expression in brain and placental tissue, ultimately affecting the behavior of mothers and offspring. My doctoral research focused on protamines (nuclear sperm proteins), their evolutionary and selective patterns and involvement in sperm head phenotype.

Selected Publications

  • Lena Lüke, Maximiliano Tourmente, Hernan Dopazo, Francois Serra, Eduardo R S Roldan (2016) Selective Constraints on Protamine 2 in Primates and Rodents. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:21. DOI:10.1186/s12862-016-0588-1.
  • Lena Lüke, Maximiliano Tourmente, Eduardo R S Roldan (2015) Sexual selection on protamine 1 in mammals. Molecular Biology and Evolution 3:174-184. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msv209
  • Lena Lüke, Polly Campbell, María Varea Sánchez, Michael W Nachman, Eduardo R S Roldan (2014) Sexual selection on protamine and transition nuclear protein expression in mouse species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281:20133359. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2013.3359
  • Alberto Vicens, Lena Lüke, Eduardo R S Roldan (2014) Proteins Involved in Motility and Sperm-Egg Interaction Evolve More Rapidly in Mouse Spermatozoa. PLoS ONE 9:e91302. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0091302
  • Lena Lüke, Alberto Vicens, Francois Serra, Juan Jose Luque-Larena, Hernán Dopazo, Eduardo R S Roldan, Montserrat Gomendio (2011) Sexual Selection Halts the Relaxation of Protamine 2 among Rodents. PLoS ONE 12:e29247. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0029247