The medaka population genomics paper is out

Mikhail’s paper on the population genetics parameters of wild medaka fish is out in G3. This was part of a large collaboration involving the teams of Ewan Birney at EMBL-EBI, Jochen Wittbrodt and his very talented student Tom Auer at Uni Heidelberg, Felix Loosli in Karlsruhe, and last but not least Kiyoshi Naruse at NIBB (Okasaki, Japan). This work lays the foundation for establishing a population genomics resource in medaka fish (similar to DGRP in Drosophila and 1000 genomes in humans).

Ewan Birney wrote a nice guest blog post on this project at Haldan’s Sieve when we submitted the first preprint of our story to ArXiv.

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Hashem joins us

Hashem Koohy has joined the group, moving on from a postdoc with Tim Hubbard at Sanger Institute and two (!) PhD studies (one in pure maths and one in bioinformatics). Hashem will be co-supervised by Peter Fraser and other PIs from the Nuclear Dynamics ISP. Hashem’s main focus will be on the Systems Biology of Ageing Programme that is carried out jointly by our ISP, but he also has plans for some other exciting projects on the side. Welcome!

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Manuela joins the group

Manuela Zanda joins the group as a visiting postdoc, co-supervised by Vincent Plagnol at UCL. Manuela has a background in population genetics and machine learning. While with us, she will be supplementing these tools with functional genomics approaches to gain insight into disease mechanisms. Welcome!

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Medaka population genomics study: pre-print now in arXiv

We have finished the manuscript on establishing a population genomics resource in medaka fish (one of Mikhail’s projects while in Ewan Birney’s group in collaboration with Jochen Wittbrodt, Kiyoshi Naruse and Felix Loosli labs in Germany and Japan). We have made the pre-print available in arXiv and the same time as submitting it to a peer-reviewed journal. This means that you can read it and “peer-review” it yourself before seeing the final version in print. Special thanks go to Ian Dunham for overseeing the final stage of the project – and fingers crossed for the peer-review!

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Wet+dry lab PhD position available!

Update: the call is now closed – thanks everyone for your interest!

A joint PhD position between Peter Fraser’s and our groups at Babraham Institute is waiting to be filled!

The project is on the evolution of long-range interactions and is a fantastic opportunity to learn state-of-the-art laboratory and computational techniques.

Please see the full project description and apply online at FindAPhD. The deadline is on 18 April with interviews scheduled for early May. Unfortunately, funding is only available for UK and EU students.

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