Our latest article on chicken gut microbiota was published in the journal Animals. In this work, we assessed if and how dietary protein ingredients (soybean-based or cottonseed based) interacted with the housing environment – caged or cage-free in chicken, in generating the gut microbiota communities. We report that the housing environment had a profound impact on the gut microbiota. Read more about it here: The role of housing environment and dietary protein source on the gut microbiota of chicken
I will be teaching my population genomics and bioinformatics course once again in Spring 2020. The course will now be offered as “Applied Animal Genomics”, POSC 630, cross-listed as ANSC/GENE 629. Click here for more details about this course.
Congratulations to Shawna Hubert, as she received her Ph.D degree today during the Summer 2019 commencement ceremonies at Texas A&M University. Shawna will be joining the MD Anderson Cancer center (Houston) in a couple of months, where she will be working on genomics of cancer. Here’s wishing Shawna the best in the next stage of her career.
After returning from PSA Montreal, I heard that Travis Williams won two awards this year – the Best Graduate Student Presentation award (Genetics & Genomics section), and the Hy-Line International Genetics award. We await more details, but that is fantastic news. Congrats Travis! a well earned award. Travis gave his talk titled “Evaluation of the suitability of cloacal swabs to characterize cecal microbiota profiles in chicken”.
Just returned from the Poultry Science Association annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. We had a strong solid meeting as a lab. I chaired the Genetics and Genomics sessions this year, and graduate students Jamie Alfieri, Travis Williams both presented talks, while Mohamed presented his poster (in absentia). Montreal was also a fun place to visit.
We received a an grant from the Department of Defense – US Army Corps of Engineers to perform a range wide genetic survey of the endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler. With the help of this two year award, we will be a) generating a genome assembly of the GCWA and b) using genome sequencing to assess population genetic trends, genetic diversity, and gene flow among various sites across Texas. This news was recently highlighted on AgriLife Today and on research.tamu.edu. Read more…
Shawna Marie Hubert, first graduate student of the Athrey Lab successfully defended her Ph.D thesis today. Congratulations and great job Shawna!!
Yes! We received a USDA-NIFA award for three years to investigate the genomic and functional basis of wooden breast in broiler chicken. This work will build on the work we have been doing for the last three years – specially the work by PhD Student Shawna Hubert.
Our first paper on circadian rhythms and microbiota acquisition under extended photoperiods is now published. Circadian disruption and divergent microbiota acquisition under extended photoperiods in chicken
We had a great Darwin Day this year. Our lab put in a strong show – a team effort showcasing a bit of all we do. Overall a fun outreach event.