Category Archives: Seminar

Gene Expression Workshop – Liverpool 21-24/01/2013

CGR Advanced Course in Genome-wide Gene Expression Profiling by Array and NextGen Sequencing, 21st – 24th January 2013, University of Liverpool.

Organised by Professors Andrew Cossins and Steve Paterson (University of Liverpool) and Dr Marta Milo (University of Sheffield).

Sponsored by The Physiological Society (

The draft programme and application form can be found at:

For more information, including a draft course programme, or to register for this course, please go to the CGR website at:
The deadline for both the Physiological Society travel grant application and Workshop application is 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 14th December 2012 and this will be strictly adhered to.   Accepted Workshop applicants will be notified by the Centre for Genomic Research at the latest by Friday, 21st December 2012.

Talk on evolution in natural populations – Tuesday 15/5 11am

A further candidate to the department’s Patrick & Irwin Packington Fellowship is attending for interview next Tuesday,  15 May,  and will be giving a presentation in the Common Room at 11 am.  The title of the talk will be

“Evolution in natural populations: integrating reproductive ecology and population genetics”.

My talk next week

Hello, yes, my talk is next week and Julia is correct that there will be stuff relating to using genome wide SNP data. However, I decided to make my talk much more general than this, because many people will be new to our work. Thus, I will give more of a ‘Nosil lab overview’ talk where I will introduce the people in the lab, the goals of the ERC funded project, the lab methods we use, and the analytical methods we use. So, it will be more of a ‘getting to know us’ talk than one on scientific results, but I imagine this will be best for a general audience and will act as a springboard for future discussion. This is a long way of saying you might come even if you don’t care about SNPs….

have a good weekend,


ps. if anyone is ever going bouldering, let me know, I go all the time…

Happy to join the Molecular Ecology Group

Hello everyone,

I am new here (Patrik Nosil here…), just arrived this week, but very excited to be here. I look forward to getting to know everyone. I was also thinking I could give an informal seminar sometime soon about my lab, the ERC project I am here to implement, and especially of interest to some people might be the methods (both lab and bioinformatic/statistical) that we have used successfully for RAD-tags (well, at least the point there are papers submitted or in revision). Perhaps I could talk at one of the Tuesday lab meetings or something.

cheers, Patrik

Seminar in our lab with Kenta – Thursday 8 March B52 – Talk wanted!

Dear all,

previous postdoctorate member of our lab Kenta Tanaka is coming back to visit us early March. He will be bringing with him 3 Japanese visitors. Kenta will be giving the EB group seminar on Thursday 8 March 1pm (BLT1), and we have organised a short seminar afternoon following this (2-5pm), where the 3 Japanese visitors will be giving a short talk each to explain their research.

Kenta and his visitors are keen to hear from members of the lab. Suo Qiu who has recently joined the department will also be giving a talk on her research done at Edinburgh University. Please contact me if you are interested in giving a 20mn talk, (followed by 10mn Q&A).

Here are the titles:

  • “Genetic differentiation of 3 Leptocarabus beetles that inhabit different altitudinal zones in Japanese Alps” Takahiro Ogai (Univ. of Tsukuba)
  • “Single-gene speciation revisited: Allele dominance and pleiotropy” Masato Yamamichi (Soken Univ.)
  • “Statistical modeling of rice transcriptome in the field.” Atsushi J. Nagano (Kyoto Univ.)

The whole group will then go out in the evening.


Evolution and Behaviour talk – Luisa Orsini, University of Leuven

Message from Julia Reger: I just wanted to bring to your attention this week’s Evolution and Behaviour seminar.
Thursday 31st March at 1305 BLT 2.
Luisa Orsini from the University of Leuven will give a talk titled:

Genomic signatures of selection in a geographical mosaic of environmental stressors.

Louisa’s work covers evolutionary genetics, ecology and conservation biology. Her main research is the study of genetic diversity combined with spatial explicit analysis of demographic processes, with the aim of providing a mechanistic understanding of the genetic processes underpinning population dynamics. Complementary to this line of research she also examines how species colonize new ecosystems, investigating the main forces underpinning their adaptation to new environments. She currently works with Luc De Meester in Leuven ( on the genomics of Daphnia magna.

She will be around from Wednesday afternoon until Friday morning so if you would like to speak to her then please email me (  We will also be going for informal drinks and then dinner at 1700 on Thursday, so again please contact me if you would like to come along.


Extra Seminar Rudy Jonker – Parental care and migration changes in barnacle geese

Rudy Jonker will be visiting Virpi Lummaa this Friday (18th March) and will give an extra seminar at 3pm in B52 on his PhD work on “Parental care and migration changes in barnacle geese”.

Geese are well known for their long duration of parental care, which is suggested to play an important role in the cultural transmission of migratory behaviour. A recent delay in onset of spring migration and the emergence of a non-migratory population of barnacle geese suggest changes in this mechanism of cultural transmission of migration. We studied 1) whether a delay in migration resulted in a delay of termination of parental care, 2) whether the non-migratory life-style of the new non-migratory barnacle geese led to shorter parental care and 3) what the population genetic consequences are of these migratory changes.

APS Seminar today – Carl Smith University of St. Andrews

Message from Terry:

Dear all,

Carl Smith will be visiting APS today to give a talk entitled “The coevolutionary relationship between bitterling fish and freshwater mussels“. This should be of wide interest to all. The talk will be in BLT1.

Additional E&B seminar – BMS Seminar Room, 4pm Monday 21st Feb

Dear all,

John Colbourne, who led the effort to sequence the Daphnia genome,  is giving a talk next week. Abstract below.

Daphnia pulex: A Genome for the Environment

John Kenneth Colbourne, The Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, Indiana University

In both basic and human health research, there is a pressing need to understand how environmental conditions influence genome structures and gene functions and, in turn, how individuals and populations cope with changing environments and exposure to toxicants. Two alternative approaches are available to address the complexity of genome-environment interactions. Researchers may opt to study the ecology of currently well-developed genomic model species, or alternatively, study the genome biology of a species previously well studied for its ecology and evolution. Taking this latter approach, a multidisciplinary network of investigators describes the genome sequence of Daphnia pulex, a keystone species of freshwater ecosystems.

The Daphnia pulex genome is found to contain at least 30,907 genes. The high gene count is a consequence of an elevated rate of gene duplication resulting in tandem gene clusters. More than 1/3 of Daphnia’s genes have no detectable homologs in any other available proteome, and the most amplified gene families are specific to the Daphnia lineage. The co-expansion of gene families interacting within metabolic pathways suggests that the maintenance of duplicated genes is not random, and the analysis of gene expression under different environmental conditions reveals that numerous paralogs acquire divergent expression patterns soon after duplication. Daphnia-specific genes – including many additional loci within sequenced regions that are otherwise devoid of annotations – are the most responsive genes to ecological challenges.

Special Molecular Ecology Seminar – Wed 19th May

Hi all,

Matt Bixley, a friend from AgResearch, New Zealand is visiting next week.
He is very involved in deer genomics, next generation sequencing and SNP typing and has offered to give a talk on that work.

The talk is in B52 on Wednesday 19th at 11.00.
Title is “Deer genomics resources”.

ps – the real reason Matt is in Europe was to represent New Zealand in the World 24 running championships. He just finished, covering >220km in 24 hours.
There is a fair chance he will need to be carried or wheeled into B52!