Dr. Steve Perlman

Dr. Steve Perlman
Office: CUN 160f

Areas of research focus

  • Evolution
  • Entomology
  • Symbiosis
  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Selfish genetic elements

My research focuses on the evolution and ecology of associations between insects and the diverse organisms that infect them, from parasites and pathogens to beneficial symbionts.

Most recently, my major area of focus has been on bacterial symbionts that are transmitted primarily from mothers to their offspring, often via eggs. These inherited bacteria are ubiquitous and extremely important in the evolution and ecology of their hosts. For example, many of these symbionts protect their hosts against natural enemies.

I am also interested in selfish genetic elements, unusual genetic systems and life histories, and in insects and symbiosis in general.

The Perlman Lab

  • Biology 312 - Entomology
  • Biology 435 - Molecular Evolution
  • Biology 565 - Research and Communication Skills in Biology

Ballinger MJ, Gawryluk RMR, Perlman SP. 2019. Toxin and genome evolution in a Drosophila defensive symbiosis. Genome Biology and Evolution. 11: 253-262

Hamilton PT, Hodson CN, Curtis CI, Perlman SJ. 2018. Genetics and genomics of an unusual selfish sex ratio distortion in an insect. Current Biology. 28: 3864–3870

Vorburger C, Perlman SJ. 2018. The role of defensive symbionts in host–parasite coevolution. Biological Reviews. 93: 1747-1764

Ballinger MJ, Perlman SJ. 2017. Generality of toxins in defensive symbiosis: Ribosome-inactivating proteins and defense against parasitic wasps in Drosophila. PLoS Pathogens. 13(6): e1006431

Keais GL, Hanson MA, Gowen BE and Perlman SJ. 2017. X chromosome drive in a widespread Palearctic woodland fly, Drosophila testacea. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 30: 1185–1194

Hodson CN, Hamilton PT, Dilworth D, Nelson CJ, Curtis CI and Perlman SJ. 2017. Paternal genome elimination in Liposcelis booklice (Insecta: Psocodea). Genetics. 206:1091-1100

Hamilton PT, Peng F, Boulanger MJ, Perlman SJ. 2016. A ribosome-inactivating protein in a Drosophila defensive symbiont. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 113:350-355

Perlman SJ, Hodson CN, Hamilton PT, Opit GP, Gowen BE. 2015. Maternal transmission, sex ratio distortion, and mitochondria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 112:10162-10168