Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bird conference at Leicester. 1-3rd April

British Ornithologists Union –
Ecology and conservation of birds in alpine and upland habitats

farewell to the kiwis – Wednesday 30th 5-8pm, Interval

Hi all!

we will be having some leaving drinks at Interval tomorrow (Wednesday) night, we’d love to see you there! We will try to be there around 5pm but unfortunately will probably only stay till 8ish (packing, packing, packing…!). Please pass on the invite!

You are also all most welcome at our flat on Saturday night – more details to follow!

Anna and Mark 🙂

Postdoc and PhD position in Switzerland

Dear all

Christian Lexer (Freibourg) has these very nice looking positions on poplar genomics advertised.

Postdoc: Postdoc_ad_SNF13
PhD: PhD_ad_SNF13


Course on molecular and computational tools to study the composition and diversity of microbial communities, Liverpool

The Centre for Genome Research is pleased to announce a 2-day course designed to showcase some of the molecular and computational tools that can be used to study the composition and diversity of microbial communities.  The course is being run on Thursday, 28th & Friday, 29th November 2013 in Liverpool and the application deadline is 8.00 a.m. on Friday, 8th November.  You can find further details and the application process via the Centre for Genomic Research website Please note that places are limited but all applications received before the deadline will be treated equally.

The Centre is also supporting the 4th part of the “Balti and Bioinformatics” series being led by Dr. Nick Loman, Birmingham, which comes to Liverpool as “Beatles & Bioinformatics” on Wednesday, 27th November 2013.  Again, the agenda and the registration process can be found via the CGR website.

Please do feel free to contact me if you need any other information about either event.

Best wishes,

Lesley Parsons, Centre for Genomic Research, University of Liverpool

Tel: 0151 795 4509;

Celine’s fundraising for the Sick Children’s Trust

Dear all,

in two weeks’ time, I’ll aim to complete an “aikido marathon” to raise funds for the Sick Children’s Trust.

The Sick Children’s Trust provides Home from Home accommodation for the families of sick children whilst they receive vital medical treatment in hospital often far from home. Families are able to stay together close to their child and offer each other essential support during a difficult time.

I will be training 14 hours in one day on Saturday 9th November, starting 7am and finishing 9pm, with 5 minute breaks every hour. If you feel like supporting me in my endeavour, you can donate here:

Even better still – you can join me on the day! Get in touch for more info!


Terry’s group meeting tomorrow 12pm B52

Buxton Adventure Festival 2-3 Nov

for more info see

If you are interested in visiting Buxton, there is a train station there and a bus from Sheffield (No 65, stand D2 Sheffield interchange).

This is a excellent site for planning travel =


A few lab things….

1) NED markers?- I am getting a ‘feeling’ that they are invariably weaker/failing more than we should expect? Is that correct- anyone got any empirical evidence? To counteract this you may need to increase the amount of NED primers in your mastermixes (test your ‘plexes!).

2) Occasionally we do see ‘blibs’ of bad data on the 3730 – we have had a couple of plates recently. Do keep your eye on this and try to find the reason why (a look at the raw data picture in Run History can be useful- and of course duplicates/standard samples).

3) Multichannel pipettes. Sam and I have tested/fixed the multichannel pipettes. All should be good. Let us know if not and we will have a closer look.



Job: Seychelles warbler database co-ordinator

Love data, MS Access and biology?

The Seychelles warbler project is hiring a database co-ordinator:

Please forward to anyone you think might be interested and email me (h.dugdale [at] if you have any questions!

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I saw this and thought I should post it for your interest…

>Thanks Jamie, but no need to worry – we have moved on to using Miseq sequence data,