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Rohit Rohra gets recognized for research

Rohit Rohra gets recognized for research

M.S. Biotechnology student Rohit Rohra (set to graduate in May 2017) was awarded the Outstanding Graduate student award following his presentation at the Biotechnology Advisory Council meeting on February 10th. His presentation was on the work he is doing in our lab, analyzing whole genome sequence data from multiple chicken breeds from around the world. His project identified specific high-impact genetic variants unique to specific chicken breeds. Congratulations Rohit!

Rohit at the Biotechnology advisory council meeting. He is standing first from right in the picture.
New students and new ‘children’

New students and new ‘children’

The Athrey lab welcomed two students – Mohamed Ibrahim (started in Fall 2016) and Travis Williams  – both into the PhD program in the department of poultry science.

 

Travis Williams, PhD Student
Mohamed Ibrahim, PhD Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also are looking forward to a new batch of chicks from our junglefowl colony, which we have successfully expanded two full size flocks. We recently relocated our colonies to renovated, spacious pens for our birds and they certainly seem to be getting quite comfortable in there.

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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!

The Biotechnology program's mini conference GA and Rohit Rohra

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.

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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 native range in Asia they face decline due to shrinking habitat but also threats from another source – namely introgression with domesticated chicken. The Red Junglefowl we are getting come from a pure line of birds that were imported by the U.S. in the 1960s. These birds have many secrets to reveal about chicken domestication, avian health and generally about avian evolution.

It will be a busy semester as far as teaching goes. I am teaching POSC 414 – Avian Genetics, but also EEBL 605  – Population and Quantitative Genetics (shared with Michel Slotman).

 

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.

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Welcome to Hoa Nguyen-Phuc, new Postdoc in the lab

Welcome to Hoa Nguyen-Phuc, new Postdoc in the lab

Dr. Hoa Nguyen-Phuc joining our lab on September 1st. We are pleased to have him join our lab. Hoa received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he worked on landscape genetics and understanding immune gene diversity in wild populations of of Red Junglefowl.

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Hoa Nguyen-Phuc

 

Athrey Lab renovations

Athrey Lab renovations

The partial renovations of our lab in the Kleberg Building were completed in mid May. We are super excited about moving back in there, getting organized and getting to work. Pictures follow:

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Island 1
Island 1
Island 1

Panoramic view of the outer room BSC and Computational room Thermal cyclers and epMotion