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Tom Wenseleers

KU Leuven, BE

Tom Wenseleers is a professor at KU Leuven who combines theory with empirical research to study the fundamental factors that drive cooperative social behaviour and other complex traits in nature. To this end he uses a combination of theoretical modelling approaches and empirical research on diverse organisms, including social insects (ants, bees and wasps), microorganisms and humans. He also uses digital evolution with swarms of simulated robots to gain insight into possible routes towards complex sociality. Furthermore, with the advent of next-gen omics techniques and modern high-throughput mass-spectrometry, his lab is also committed to obtain a better mechanistic understanding of social traits in diverse organisms, including their (epi)genetic and genomic basis, as well as in unravelling the advanced chemical communication systems that are part of the complex sociality in insects.

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