Recent news

Jun 2019

We’ve a new review out on ‘Sperm Success and Immunity’ in Current Topics in Developmental Biology – read here

May 2019

Congrats to Ben Hopkins for passing his viva!

Mar 2019

Hot of the press, our Mol Cell Proteomics paper, lead by Irem Sepil, uses a novel quantitative proteomics method to identify new Drosophila seminal proteins.

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Stuart Wigby is a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. The Wigby lab studies the evolutionary biology of sex and death, mainly using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism.

We are interested in sexual selection, sexual conflict, speciation, sperm competition, kin selection, immunity, life history and ageing.


Recent publications

  • Wigby, S., Suarez, S. S., Lazzaro, B. P., Pizzari, T. & Wolfner, M. F. (2019) Sperm success and immunity. in Current Topics in Developmental Biology, 135, 287-313 read here
  • Sepil, I., Hopkins, B. R., Dean, R., Thézénas, M.-L., Charles, P. D., Konietzny, R., Fischer, R., Kessler, B., & Wigby, S. (2019). Quantitative proteomics identification of seminal fluid proteins in male Drosophila melanogasterMolecular & Cellular Proteomics, 18, S46–S58Open access
  • Morimoto, J., McDonald, G.C., Smith, E., Smith, D.T., Perry, J.C., Chapman, T., Pizzari, T., & Wigby, S. (2019). Sex peptide receptor-regulated polyandry modulates the balance of pre- and post-copulatory sexual selection in Drosophila. Nature Communications, 10(1), 283. Open access
  • Flintham, E. O., Yoshida, T., Smith, S., Pavlou, H. J., Goodwin, S. F., Carazo, P., & Wigby, S. (2018). Interactions between the sexual identity of the nervous system and the social environment mediate lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1892), 20181450. Open acces
  • Bath, E., Morimoto, J., & Wigby, S. (2018). The developmental environment modulates mating-induced aggression and fighting success in adult female Drosophila. Functional Ecology, 32(11), 2542–2552. Open access
  • Le Page, S., Sepil, I., Flintham, E., Pizzari, T., Carazo, P., Wigby, S. 2017. Male relatedness and familiarity are required to modulate male-induced harm to females in Drosophila. Proc. Roy. Soc. London B284, 1860, 20170441. Open access 
  • Hopkins BR, Sepil I, Wigby S. 2017 Seminal Fluid. Curr. Biol. 27, 404–405. pdf
  • Bath, E., Bowden, S., Peters, C., Reddy, A., Tobias, J.A., Easton-Calabria, E., Seddon, N., Goodwin, S.F., Wigby, S. 2017 Sperm and sex peptide stimulate aggression in female DrosophilaNature Ecology & Evolution. 1, 154. Open Access   News & Views
  • Sepil, I., Carazo, P., Perry, J. C., & Wigby, S. 2016. Insulin signalling mediates the response to male-induced harm in female Drosophila melanogaster. Scientific Reports, 6, 30205 Open access
  • Perry, J.C., Joag, R., Hosken, D.J., Wedell, N., Radwan, J. & Wigby, S., 2016. Experimental evolution under hyper-promiscuity in Drosophila melanogasterBMC Evolutionary Biology16 (1), p.1. Open access
  • Morimoto, J. & Wigby, S., 2016. Differential effects of male nutrient balance on pre-and post-copulatory traits, and consequences for female reproduction in Drosophila melanogasterScientific reports6, p.27673. Open access
  • Carazo, P., Green, J., Sepil, I., Pizzari, T. & Wigby, S., 2016. Inbreeding removes sex differences in lifespan in a population of Drosophila melanogasterBiology Letters12 (6), 20160337. Open access
  • Morimoto, J., Pizzari, T. & Wigby, S. 2016 Developmental environment effects on sexual selection in male and female Drosophila melanogasterPLOS One,11e0154468Open Access
  • Wigby, S., Perry, J.C., Kim, Y.-H. & Sirot, L.K. 2016 Developmental environment mediates male seminal protein investment in Drosophila melanogasterFunctional Ecology, 30, 410-419. Open Access

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