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ARCH-UK Webinar Series: The AquaLeap Project

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The AquaLeap research project will be presented through the eyes of the Early Career Researchers currently employed on the project!

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The AquaLeap Early Career Researchers will provide an overview of the industry relevance of the project, plus an update on their latest experiments and future plans. We hope you will enjoy their unique perspective on what it's like to be part of a large consortium research project with multiple industry partners! Follow the project on twitter @Aqua_Leap

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Dr Chantelle Hooper is a molecular biologist at The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) with a keen interest in disease in aquaculture. She completed her BSc at Cardiff university, where she spent a year at Cefas designing challenge systems for the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, before taking up her current position working on the AquaLeap Bonamia host resistance project, as well as working on other projects concerning marine invertebrate health and disease.

Title: Lab-based Bonamia ostreae challenge on juvenile flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) to investigate host genetic resistance using SNP analysis.

Dr Manu Gundappa is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Macqueen Lab at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. Within the AquaLeap project, he is leading the assembly and annotation of a new genome resource for the European flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) using multiple sequencing technologies in collaboration with Dr Tim Bean (Roslin Institute). He is also testing the importance of structural variants as markers of disease resistance in Atlantic salmon, in collaboration with Prof. Ross Houston and Dr Diego Robledo (Roslin Institute). Prior to this, he received a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, the goal of his project was to understand the role of whole genome duplication in the evolution of salmonid genomes. He has broad interests spanning the fields of fish genetics, evolutionary genetics, aquaculture and fish breeding.

Title: Sequencing and de novo assembly of the European flat oyster genome.

Dr Yehwa Jin majored in aquatic animal diseases for BSc and MSc and studied reproductive biology of fish at Sun Moon University, South Korea. She then went to the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, and studied further control of reproduction in fish by targeting primordial germ cells using CRISPR/Cas9 under the supervision of Prof Herve Migaud and Dr Andrew Davie. Yehwa then started working as a postdoc research fellow in Prof Ross Houston’s lab and joined the AquaLeap project in March 2019 where she is using CRISPR/Cas genome editing techniques to investigate the function of genes or genetic variations associated with disease resistance in fish to elucidate the genetic basis of the susceptibility and resistance and, ultimately, to improve the disease resistance in aquaculture species.

Title: Improving genome editing efficiency for salmon in vitro and in vivo.

Dr Tom Jenkins is an environmental scientist and geneticist with a broad range of interests in biogeography, evolutionary biology, population genetics, and fisheries and aquaculture. He completed his PhD at Exeter studying the population genetics and marine connectivity of two marine benthic invertebrates, the pink sea fan and the European lobster, before taking up a postdoc at Exeter to work on the AquaLeap lobster project.

Title: Developing genomic resources to advance the aquaculture of European lobsters.

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