From: John Liu [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 23:47:13 -0600 To: email@example.com Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 10 Aquatic Genomics Workshop to be held January 13-14, 2007: Aquatic Genomics Workshop will be held January 13-14, 2007, along with Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) Conference in Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, CA. The deadline for the abstract submission is October 2, 2006. For more information, please visit http://www.intl-pag.org/. Please submit your abstracts under the category of poster under Aquaculture: For PAG XV abstracts related to Aquaculture, all presenters should submit their abstract as a poster and the workshop organizing committee will select from the poster abstracts those to be given as oral presentations. Dr. Geoff Waldbieser will be our Workshop organizer: Dr. Geoff Waldbieser of the USDA ARS Catfish Genetics Unit will be our Workshop organizer. As some of us already know, Dr. Dennis Hedgecock has recently assumed new responsibilities within his university that take him too much time to continue as the Workshop Organizer. He has laid some ground work for the planning of the coming Workshop, and on behalf of our community, I appreciate very much Dennis’ efforts and time spent on the Workshop. Dr. Geoff Waldbieser graciously picked up the duty. Please join me in thanking him for his willingness to step up. If you have any suggestions or comments concerning the format, organization, and invited speakers for the Workshop, please contact Dr. Waldbieser (firstname.lastname@example.org). Aquaculture Genomics Travel Awards: Again this year, the NRSP8 Aquaculture committee is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of Travel Awards of up to $1,000, to support the attendance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at PAG-XIV. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who register for the PAG-XIV meeting and submit an abstract to the Aquaculture Workshop are eligible for consideration. Applications should be submitted by E-mail to either John Liu (email@example.com) or Geoff Waldbieser (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include the following items. A) the Title and Authors of the submitted Abstract, B) a statement of the anticipated costs for the applicant to attend the PAG-XIV meeting, and a statement of additional resources (if any) that will be available to support their attendance. Applicants MUST also arrange for their supervisor to send an E-mail to John Liu or Geoff Waldbieser confirming their status as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. The deadline for the completion of application is October 2, 2006. Applications will be evaluated by the Aquaculture Genomics Executive Committee, and decisions will be announced to applicants soon after. Our NRSP-8 Informatics web site has announced the following new additions to the NAGRP animal genome web site (#3, 2006) relevant to aquaculture: The QTLdb is now open to public for data entry and updates. One will need to register in order to enter his/her own data: http://www.animalgenome.org/QTLdb/app.html The benefits being a QTLdb curator are: (1) You can enter or update your data at any time; (2) You may wish to keep your data "private" or "public"; (3) You can take advantages of QTLdb's internal comparative viewer to examine your data against other public data as a study tool. New features have been added to the GO Classifications Counter. Now users can upload their own classifications as a counting guide, and have options to count either single occurrences or all occurrences. http://www.animalgenome.org/bioinfo/tools/countgo/ The NAGRP Bioinformatics FTP site has been moved from the old http://db.genome.iastateedu/ftp/share/ to a new location at http://www.animalgenome.org/bioinfo/tools/share/ Now the content is served through an HTTP server. A database is setup for the AquaGenomics community members to share their publications. Any registered member can upload their paper to the archive and manage his/her own list of publications along with the directory information. http://www.animalgenome.org/cgi-bin/angenmap/aqua_pub.pl Major progress in research project on the Ig locus in catfish: The 1st part of the catfish Ig heavy chain locus was recently published in Immunogenetics by Dr. Melanie Wilson’s group at the University of Mississippi Medical Center entitled “Structure of th catfish IGH locus: analysis of the region including the single functional IGHM gene”. Fo more information, please visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/ query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16941126& query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_docsum Post-doctoral position in Marine Invertebrate Molecular Biology: Greg. Warr and Paul Gross (members of the Department of Biochemistry at the Medical University of South Carolina, and located at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC) invite applications for a two year post-doctoral position available immediately. This project is focused on elucidating the components of the RNA interference pathway in the Pacific whiteleg shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, associated with functional immunity to viral infection. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in a relevant field of molecular biology. The successful candidate will be expected both to work in a team-oriented collaborative atmosphere and to take advantage of opportunities for developing independent research within the scope of the project. Applicants should submit, via email, curriculum vitae, statement of research experience, copies of any relevant publications, contact information, and three letters of reference to Dr. Warr email@example.com or Dr. Gross firstname.lastname@example.org . Position available in Quantitative Cell Imaging: The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Medical University of South Carolina/Hollings Marine Laboratory are developing cutting edge tools for quantitative imaging of marine mammal cells. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team in the Cell and Tissue Measurements Group at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD beginning around March, 2007. This applicant will be a critical component of a project to correlate gene expression profiles in marine mammal cells with phenotypic data from quantitative imaging. Relevant backgrounds for this position include cell biology, biomedical engineering, fluorescence microscopy, and marine biology. Applicants will have experience with fluorescence microscopy and image processing, and be comfortable with the application of quantitative methods and statistical analysis. The outstanding candidate will also have knowledge of intracellular pathways involved in cytotoxicity, and/or experience with marine mammal cells. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please send inquiries and a CV to Dr. Anne L. Plant, Leader, Cell and Tissue Measurements Group, Biochemical Science Division, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory, Anne.email@example.com, 301 975 3124. For more information, visit http://www.cstl.nist.gov/biotech/Cell&TissueMeasurements/ Main_Page.htm POST-DOCTORAL POSITION in COD BROODSTOCK DEVELOPMENT: Funds were awarded in Genome Canada’s competition III (se http://www.genomecanada.ca) for a research program entitled ATLANTIC COD GENOMICS AND BROODSTOCK DEVELOPMENT (CGP). This program, managed by Genome Atlantic (http://www.genomeatlantic.ca), is a partnership with industry, universities, government and Not-for-Profit organizations, and will apply genomics technologies combined with family-based selective breeding methodologies to identify cod with traits of commercial importance, such as improved growth, survival, product quality and yield, delayed age of sexual maturation, resistance to disease and stress, and desired physiological characteristics (e.g. thermal and hypoxia tolerance). As part of this program, we are recruiting a post-doctoral scientist, located at the University of Guelph, in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science. The position is available immediately with funding for at least 2 years. The post-doctoral scientist will be an integral part of the CGP research team, and will be expected to over-see the scientific program related to all aspects of cod genetic improvement including: 1) database development; 2) genetic evaluation; 3) QTL detection; 4) marker assisted selection; and 5) coordination of implementation of a genetic improvement program in collaboration with CGP researchers and industry partners, including The Atlantic Genome Centre, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, Memorial University’s Ocea Sciences Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock, University of Guelph. The successful candidate should have a strong background in genetics and breeding, with an interest in the commercial application of family-based broodstock selection methodologies and genomics technologies to cod aquaculture. Further, the candidate must be comfortable working as a member of an inter-disciplinary research team, and have good computer, data analysis, communication and report writing skills. To apply please submit, preferably by email, a detailed curriculum vitae to: Dr. Andy Robinson Department of Animal and Poultry Science University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Canada N1G 2W1 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: (519) 767-0573 Closing date: Friday 20th October 2006. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to candidates eligible for employment in Canada. Ph.D. student in fish breeding and quantitative genetics: Funds were awarded in Genome Canada’s competition III (se http://www.genomecanada.ca) for a research program entitled ATLANTIC COD GENOMICS AND BROODSTOCK DEVELOPMENT (CGP). This program, managed by Genome Atlantic (http://www.genomeatlantic.ca), is a partnership with industry, universities, government and Not-for-Profit organizations, and will apply genomics technologies combined with family-based selective breeding methodologies to identify cod with traits of commercial importance. For more information on the project and partners visit http://www.codgene.ca. The student is required to conduct research as part of the CGP team located at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. The research area comprises genetic evaluation and improvement program development using phenotypic and genotypic information in a combined traditional and marker assisted selection approach for Atlantic cod. Traits studied include growth and development, product yield and quality and health and survival. The project is working towards development of elite broodstock for aquaculture. Location of research: Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Supervisors: Drs. Andy Robinson and Ian McMillan, Project duration: January 2007- Dec 2009, To apply please submit, preferably by email, a detailed resumé / curriculum vitae to:, Dr. Andy Robinson, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Canada N1G 2W1, E-mail: email@example.com; Fax: (519) 767-0573, Closing date: Friday 20th October 2006. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Aquaculture Genomics community publication collection database is now in place: The NRSP-8 Bioinformatics Group has helped us to set up an Aquaculture Genomics community publication collection database http://www.animalgenome.org/cgi-bin/angenmap/aqua_pub.pl. In order to upload your papers to the database, go to Aqua-genomics community on-line directory http://www.animalgenome.org/cgi-bin/angenmap/aqua_dir.pl, Click the "notebook" icon to the right of your entry; Choose "To edit the profile by the owner"; Select "Upload Your Publications" (in PDF or other common file types); Login; Fill in needed info for a paper and browse for the file to upload; Click "upload" button. If you have any items to be shared among the members of the Aquaculture Genomics community, please drop a note to Dr. John Liu (firstname.lastname@example.org).