Stajich Laboratory for Fungal Evolutionary Genomics

W.M. Keck Foundation grant for discovery of active transposable elements in mosquitos

 Aedes aegypti mosquitoWe will be working on discovery of active transposable element discovery in three mosquitos thanks to a grant that began this year from the W. M. Keck Foundation.  We will be using Illumina based resequencing of populations of mosquitos, RNA-Seq to study expression of genes and TEs to determine differences between active and silenced elements, bioinformatics to identify and characterize transposable elements in the genomes of 3 mosquitos, and experimentally test for activity of the transposases that are thought to match the target TEs.  The grant is highlighted in a campus press release and will be a collaboration between our lab and the labs of Dr Susan Wessler, and Dr Peter Atkinson. Should be a fun exploration and will help inform other TE work in the laboratory as well.