Dr Irem Sepil

DPhil Oxf


Dr Irem Sepil is a stipendiary lecturer in Biology at St Hilda's College.


Dr Sepil teaches undergraduate students animal behaviour, evolution and organismal biology.


Dr Sepil's research is based in the Department of Zoology, and is focused on the evolutionary biology and mechanisms of male reproductive ageing using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism. She is also interested in male reproductive strategies, sexual selection, sperm competition and life history.


Selected Publications

- Hopkins BR, Sepil I, Thezenas ML, Craig J, Miller T, Charles PD, Fischer R, Kessler BM, Bretman A, Pizzari T & Wigby S (2019) Divergent allocation of sperm and the seminal proteome along a competition gradient in male Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201906149; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1906149116

Sepil I, Hopkins BR, Dean R, Thezenas ML, Charles PD, Konietzny R, Fischer R, Kessler BM & Wigby S (2019) Quantitative proteomics identification of seminal fluid proteins in male Drosophila melanogaster. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, 18:S46-S58; doi: 10.1074/mcp.RA118.000831

- 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. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284:20170441; doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0441

Hopkins BR, Sepil I & Wigby S (2017) Seminal fluid. Current Biology, 27:R404 - R405; doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.03.063

- Sepil I, Carazo P, Perry JC & Wigby S (2016) Insulin signalling mediates the response to male-induced harm in female Drosophila melanogaster. Scientific Reports, 6, 30205; doi: 10.1038/srep30205

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