Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lab meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 1st April) at 10am in room B52

Dear all,

Please remember lab meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 1st April) at 10 am in room B52.

Naomi Dalton. “Greater Water Parsnip: contribution of population genetics to the success of a plant reintroduction”.
Jessica Stapley. “Phenotypic and genetic divergence in a Panamanian anolis lizard”.


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón (

Sheffield Peregrines

Hi guys,

have a look at the Sheffield Peregrines webcam, 3 eggs!

Next meeting Tuesday 1st April, 10am, B52

Dear all,

Please remind our molecular ecology lab meeting next week on Tuesday 1st April at 10am in room B52.

Naomi Dalton will talk about “Greater Water Parsnip: contribution of population genetics to the success of a plant reintroduction”.

Jessica Stapley will talk about “Phenotypic and genetic divergence in a Panamanian anolis lizard”


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

Fellowships in Japan

JSPS London Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term)
Application Deadline: Wednesday 4 June 2014
Fellowships must start between 1 November 2014 to 31st March 2015.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2 April 2008. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Please visit the JSPS London website here for further information:

These fellowships are relatively under-subscribed, so well worth a shot.

Manchester Molecular and Genome Evolution Symposium

The fifth annual Manchester Molecular and Genome Evolution Symposium will take place on Friday 16th May 2014. The remit of the symposium is broad and includes all aspects of molecular and genome evolution, ranging from computational algorithm development, or genomic analyses to molecular ecology, population genetics, and experimental evolution. It will be held in the Michael Smith Lecture theatre in the Faculty of Life Sciences, at the University of Manchester.

The symposium will be a day-long event consisting of two plenary lectures, a series of contributed talks, and a poster session. Plenary lectures will be given by Juliette de Meaux (University of Münster) on “Cis-regulatory divergence between Arabidopsis species”, and Chris Jiggins (University of Cambridge) on “Hybrid routes to an evolutionary novelty in a butterfly wing pattern”.

MaGE is free to attend, but places are limited so please register soon at and submit a title if you wish to present a talk or poster. If you would like to submit a talk, then please note that you need to submit a title and an abstract for your talk by Monday 14th April. We are particularly keen to give PhD students and post-docs a chance to present their work. All contributed talks and posters will also be considered for a prize, presented at the drinks reception following the symposium.

Deadline for submission of Talk titles and abstracts: Monday 14th April

If you have any questions about the symposium, then please contact myself ( or Casey Bergman (

We hope to see you in May!

Best wishes,

Douda Bensasson

Accommodation needed

Susana Freitas is coming back to the lab and is looking for somewhere to stay from mid-April for the next few months. Anyone have anything? Email her on

postdoc in NZ with Neil Gemmell – molecular basis of sex reversal in sequentially hermaphroditic fish

Hi all,
great looking postdoc in Neil Gemmell’s lab at University of Otago, New Zealand.

Postdoctoral Opportunity – The molecular basis of sex reversal in sequentially hermaphroditic fish

We are currently seeking an outstanding postdoctoral researcher with interests in genetics, evolution, physiology and behavioural ecology to conduct research into the genetic basis of sex reversal in sequentially hermaphroditic fish.
Project Description: Most plants and animals irreversibly differentiate becoming either males or females. However, in some groups, notably fishes, individuals begin life as one sex and reverse sex sometime later in response to social cues (sequential hermaphrodism). Sex reversal in sequential hermaphrodites is complete, entailing radical restructuring of the gonad, alterations in morphology, and modifications to behaviour. The molecular basis of this stunning transformation is unknown, but is of intense interest, not only as a means to enhance our understanding of sex determination and differentiation, cellular commitment and tissue re-engineering, but also as a spectacular example of phenotypic plasticity in response to environment. Using the ubiquitous NZ spotty, together with two distant tropical relatives, the bluehead and three-spotted wrasse, both leading models for sex reversal, we will undertake a series of experiments to determine the genetic pathway underlying this stunning transformation. We will couple in the field ecological manipulations to produce a time series of samples taken during the process of sex reversal, with state-of-the art gene expression analyses and comparative genomic approaches, to identify both the primary trigger and subsequent genetic cascade that results in female-male sex reversal in fishes.
The project emerges from a new Marsden Grant headed by Professor Neil Gemmell and will be based in the Gemmell laboratory at the University of Otago.
The Ideal Candidate: Applications are invited from postdoctoral candidates who have experience in molecular biology, evolutionary and population genetics/genomics, and bioinformatics. The successful candidate will likely be
skilled in molecular genetic techniques and in the analysis of genetic data and associated statistics. They will be highly self-motivated and be able to work alongside a wide variety of people. In addition they will have a strong commitment to research excellence with a track record of high research productivity based on international, peer-reviewed publications commensurate for their career stage.
How to Apply: Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries to Professor Neil Gemmell. Please send your Curriculum Vitae, a sample of your written scientific work and the names of three referees with a covering
letter to: Professor Neil J. Gemmell
Formal Applications must be made at:
Salary Level and Range: Postdoctoral Fellow ($72,046)
Reference Number: 1400626
Closing Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014

Genomics of the Speciation Continuum

4-5 Sept 2014

Terry’s group meeting – tomorrow 12pm B52

2nd Annual Next Generation Sequencing Data Congress

I would like to invite you and your colleagues to attend the Europe’s leading 2nd Annual Next Generation Sequencing Data Congress, to be held on the 19th & 20th May 2014 in London, UK.

Please do take a look at the updated programme (attached) to see all the topics covered as well as the list of exceptional speakers coming from the leading organizations in Europe and the USA.

Over two days program, our 36 internationally renowned speakers will give cutting edge talks on the most interesting topics and trends:

· NGS Data Analysis: Methods, Platforms And Technologies

· NGS Data Handling, Storage & Management, And Collaborative Networking

· NGS Data Tools For Meta’omics

· NGS Data Tools For Therapeutic Areas

· Application and Development Of NGS Data Tools in Biomarkers, Clinical Development and Diagnostics

This event has been received extremely well; we expect over 170 attendees and we can guarantee excellent knowledge share and fantastic networking opportunities.

I hope this event would be of interest to you and your colleagues to attend. To make this more feasible, we have some exclusive offers below.

Standard academic fee: £499 + VAT for two days

Special offer: I do have a 10% discount available to you. I would appreciate if you could let me know whether you would like to take advantage of it by Friday, 28th March. If there is three or more colleagues interested, 3 for 2 offer is also available. Please do get in touch for details.

Please note that the interest in this event is extremely high, therefore, early registrations are highly recommended.

I do look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Kateryna Onstenk

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Oxford Global

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