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
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!
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.
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
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…
Boy did we get some snow in College Station.
I recently presented at the Animal Genetics and Disease conference at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge, UK. This was the inaugural meeting of this new conference. The conference featured speakers including Leif Andersson, Sue Lamont, Helen Sang, Peter Parham, and Elaine Ostrander (NIH) among other many amazing speakers. I really liked the small close setting of this conference which was great to meet people. I presented data on new work we’ve been doing on structural genetic variation in the…
New paper from Athrey’s postdoc was published recently in BMC Genomics. Check it out
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.
Global Big day (birding) is May 13th this year. Its a great opportunity for amateur and professional birders to support bird conservation and participate in this global citizen science project. Check out more details here.