Génétique et Ecologie Evolutive

Caroline ROSE

Caroline Rose photo



Campus du CNRS

1919, route de Mende
34293 Montpellier 5



2017-               Postdoc, Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive (CEFE), CNRS

2015                Postdoc, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study (NZIAS), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

2008-2014       PhD, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study (NZIAS), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

2007-2008       MSc (1st), University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research themes

I am interested in experimentally exploring the fundamentals evolutionary biology at the interface of genotype, phenotype and ecology.

My current research at the CEFE focuses on the effect of codon usage preference (CUP) on Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT) between bacterial species, and the potential for mismatch in CUP to influence the structure of the resistome (the particular set of antibiotic resistance genes) in bacterial communities. I use a combination of synthetic biology and experimental evolution in a multispecies context to evaluate the impact of CUP on both the immediate success of a HGT event and on post-transfer evolution of both the transferred gene and the recipient genome.


Rose, C.J. and Rainey, P.B. (2016) Cooperation and Public Goods, Bacterial. In: Kliman, R.M. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology. vol. 1, pp. 374–380. Oxford: Academic Press.

Hammerschmidt, K.*, Rose, C.J.*, Kerr, B. and Rainey, P.B. (2014). Life cycles, fitness decoupling and the evolution of multicellularity. Nature. 515(7525), 75-79.

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Tooman, L.K., Rose, C.J., Carraher, C., Suckling, D.M., Paquette, S.R., Ledezma, L.A., Gilligan, T.M., Epstein, M., Barr, N.B. and Newcomb, R.D. (2011). Patterns of Mitochondrial Haplotype Diversity in the Invasive Pest Epiphyas postvittana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), J. Econ. Entomol. 104, 920-932.

Rose, C.J., Chapman, J.R., Marshall, S.D., Lee, S.F., Batterham, P., Ross, H.A. and Newcomb, R.D. (2011). Selective sweeps at the organophosphorus insecticide resistance locus, Rop-1, have affected variation across and beyond the α-esterase gene cluster in the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina. Mol Biol Evol. 28(6), 1835-1846.