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Rohit presents his work at campus mini research conference

Rohit presents his work at campus mini research conference

Congrats to Rohit on his presentation at the Biotechnology mini-research conference. This was an opportunity for him to present a poster on research he completed during the Spring 2016 semester. His poster was titled: “In silico verification of miRNAs in the chicken genome”. Nice job Rohit!

Grad students

Grad students

PhD student Shawna Peerh presented a plan of her research to her committee this week. She put together a terrific presentation and is off to a great start.

News for the new year

News for the new year

A very happy new year to all! Undergrad Jason Pizzini graduated in Dec 2015, but will be returning (hopefully) to complete some left over lab work. Undergrad Hamza Khan will be returning as well to continue his project on nutrition-micriobiome interactions in wild birds. We are about to travel to Tennessee to bring back some Red Junglefowl (Richardson’s strain). This is a big moment for our program. Red Junglefowl are considered the principal ancestor to all domesticated chicken. In their…

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Measuring dispersal in birds by mapping genealogies

Measuring dispersal in birds by mapping genealogies

This one was a while in the making, but its finally out: my new paper published in PLoS One. This work took the spatial genetic data collected from Black-Capped Vireos to its logical extreme, by using it to estimate parentage information within the population, and infer offspring dispersal distances based on that data. Happy to see this get published, and thanks to a skeptical anonymous reviewer, who really helped make it a better paper.      

R-ocking out

R-ocking out

Our postdoc, Hoa is leading a short crash course on using R. Everyone got to learn how to write and execute basic functions and loops in R. Then Hoa used real data to demonstrate how to run iterations of sampling with replacement, and plot some graphics.

NIMBiOS workshop on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics

NIMBiOS workshop on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics

I just returned from a weeklong workshop hosted at NIMBiOS (National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis) on methods in Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics. It was a really intense and busy week, covering a lot of topics  in quantitative genetics, some of them new to me. Answered a whole lot of questions, and raised many more. Met a lot of great people from various backgrounds. The workshop was co-taught by Joe Felsenstein (U. Washington), Stevan Arnold (Oregon State U.), among others (including TAMU’s…

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