We are currently advertising DTP and CASE studentships for October 2019 start. The deadline for applications is the 26th November 2018.

27 / 09 / 2018

Using data-driven biology to ask fundamental questions about the evolution of complex polyploid plant genomes (HALL_E19DTP1)

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In the last few years there has been an explosion of freely available genomic data for a large number of globally important crops. This makes it possible for scientists with the correct skill set to ask fundamental biological questions that will directly impact the future of crop breeding.

Editor-in-chief of Nature, the geneticist Dr. Magdalena Skipper said, "Science is becoming increasingly analytically complex and data rich, so there is an increased focus on data and computation. We have taken some amazing strides, but there is more to be done”.

This PhD offers the opportunity to up-skill in the techniques and approaches used to analyse complex, data rich wheat genomic datasets and asks fundamental questions about the role of transposons in the evolution, adaptation and the plasticity of the wheat genome. The answers to these key questions will likely to have immediate value to wheat breeders.