Projects in Biodiversity Genomics

Niveau:Bachelor, Outside course scope

Biodiversity genomics is a new cross-disciplinary research field that appeared in the last decade owing to the fast development of the sequencing technology. With the sequencing cost reduced sharply, it is now feasible to produce and compare whole genomes across many wild-living species. By integrating the morphological, life-historical and ecological data from the species of interest, we now can reveal the genomic mechanisms that underlying the evolutionary processes of biological diversity.

Specializing in this area will provide you a general understanding of how we can retrace the speciation processes using genomic data and reveal the genomic changes that might contribute to the speciation and adaptation. Research in this field often integrates the knowledge on genomics and evolutionary biology by applying cutting-edge genomic technologies and computational tools. The research outputs can offer an integrated view about how the natural selection functions at different levels, from an individual gene, network of interacting molecules in the cell, to whole organisms that constitute the current biodiversity. Skills acquired from this field will thus be useful for your future projects and career.      

Practical research focuses on ants, termites and birds, all species-rich groups, and can include their associated fungal and bacterial symbionts. The research topics cover the phylogenetics, developmental biology, conservation biology, and population genetics. The training includes genome sequencing, genomic data analyses and genetic manipulation.   

Anvendte metoder:genome sequencing, genomic data analyses and genetic manipulation
Keywords:phylogenetics, developmental biology, conservation biology, population genetics
Vejleder(e): Guojie Zhang, Michael Poulsen and/or Jonathan Z. Shik