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Welcome Jamie Alfieri

Welcome Jamie Alfieri

Jamie Alfieri (re)joined the lab as a Ph.D Student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program. Jamie will be working on the genomics of avian hybridization. Welcome back Jamie!

Circadian-microbiome manuscript preprint on PeerJ

Circadian-microbiome manuscript preprint on PeerJ

Our manuscript looking focusing on microbiota acquisition under different photoperiods is now under review at PeerJ and is also published as a preprint. Check it out here: Circadian disruption and divergent microbiota acquisition under extended photoperiods in chicken

Lab presents research at the Poultry Science Association conference in San Antonio

Lab presents research at the Poultry Science Association conference in San Antonio

All three PhD students in the lab presented their research (oral presentations) in the Genetics and Genomics sessions at PSA in San Antonio. Travis Williams, who presented a talk titled ” In silico verification of miRNA function in the chicken genome”, won the best oral presentation award in the Genetics and Genomics section. Well done.   Another highlight at PSA was Aggie Breakfast at Pat O’Brien’s, which was a welcome break after a busy proposal season.

Undergrad research paper preprint

Undergrad research paper preprint

Our manuscript looking at genetic diversity and effective population sizes in a captive Red Junglefowl population is now published as a preprint while it is under peer review. Kudos to undergrad researcher Nic Faust who worked on generating some of the data in this manuscript. Check out the paper here: Effective population sizes and adaptive genetic variation in a captive bird population

Undergrads present at Student Research Week

Undergrads present at Student Research Week

Undergraduate researchers Nik Faust and Morgan Modrzejewski presented a talk and poster, respectively, on the work they have been doing in our lab, at the Texas A&M Student Research Week. SRW is the largest student-run symposium of its kind. Congrats to Nik and Morgan for the hard work that led to the presentations!

Domestication booth at Darwin Day

Domestication booth at Darwin Day

My lab put together a booth on domestication during the 2018 Darwin Day event. Many thanks to Travis Williams and Charlotte for helping with the set-up and for manning the booth. It turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful event. There was even a birthday cake cutting.

Darwin Day 2018

Darwin Day 2018

I am pleased to be part of the Darwin Day organizing committee this year. We have a great program lined up – including a talk by Prof. Leif Andersson. Don’t miss out. More details here

PAG 2018

PAG 2018

Just back from a rather quick trip to the Plant and Animal Genomes conference in San Diego. It was a really good meeting. The poultry workshop had also organized a special session on gene editing, which included talks by people working on a range of applications – all the way from Erich Jarvis (Rockefeller), Helen Sang (Roslin) and Janet Fulton (Hy-Line). A lot of momentum from the academic community towards adopting gene editing tech in livestock genomics. Great news! In…

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