As 2018 comes to an end, I am going to be out of office the rest of the month. It’s been a busy year, probably the busiest since starting this lab. thanks are due to my students (and former members) of the lab as we pushed on through some setbacks and limited resources at times. I’ll use this opportunity to reflect on some significant things this year New people We were joined this year by Ph.D student James Alfieri. We…
PhD student Travis Williams won the best oral presentation award in the Genetics and Genomics section at PSA. Congrats Travis!
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.
Congratulations to Rohit Rohra who received his M.S in Biotechnology at the Spring 2017 commencement. Congrats also to Hamza Khan who received his B.S in Biomedical Sciences.
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!
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. 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…
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!
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.
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…
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.