Discovering key genes controlling interactions between corals and their microbiota

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Discovering key genes controlling interactions between corals and their microbiota

Title of Project

Discovering key genes controlling interactions between corals and their microbiota

Advisor/s

Dr Ira Cooke, Professor David Miller

College or Research Centre

College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Science

Summary of Project

This project is an opportunity to create a multi-layered molecular map of coral larval development, and use it to discover key genes involved in the interactions between corals and their microbiota.  You will have access to mass spectrometry, RNA sequencing and 16s microbial profiling data with fine temporal resolution across the entire coral development sequence from egg to polyp.  Your task will be to develop a statistical approach to identifying key transition points during development and then use a variety of sequence analysis tools to examine the evolution and function of associated genes.

Key Words

bioinformatics; coral; microbiome; statistics

Would suit an applicant who

Has excellent statistical skills.  At least a basic knowledge of molecular biology or a strong desire to learn. Computer programming skills are desirable but not required.

Updated: 10 months ago