Monday 24 May 2010, 2.30pm-4.00pm (Tas time)
CSIRO Auditorium, Hobart
Tea and coffee will be available after the seminar
William S Davidson
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Simon Fraser University
The Atlantic salmon genome: what can it tell us?
In this presentation I will cover the genomic resources that have been developed for Atlantic salmon and how these are being data mined to: (1) gain insight into the fate of duplicate genes; (2) identify candidate genes for resistance to pathogens such as the Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV); and, (3) the evolution of sex determining genes in the Salmoninae.
I am a Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University, where I have been for the past 10 years. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Edinburgh and I received my doctorate from Queen's University in Canada. After post-doctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley and then at the University of Connecticut Health Center, I took a faculty position at Memorial University of Newfoundland and was there for 18 years, ending up as Dean of Science. My research interests are broad but can be best characterized as anything to do with molecular evolution. We have been primarily working on salmonid species (Atlantic salmon, Arctic charr and brown trout) for the past 15 years to determine how a duplicated genome reverts back to a stable diploid state and how it deals with sex determination. The Atlantic salmon genome is currently being sequenced and I am one of the scientific leaders of this project.
For further information, or to schedule a seminar, contact:
To schedule a seminar, contact:
Clothilde Langlais, (Oceanographic seminars) CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (03) 6232 5399
Natalie Kelly, (Biology/Modelling seminars) CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
0438 452 483
Jillian Enraght-Moony, (seminar administrator) CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (03) 6232 5320
Communications Manager, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC (03) 6226 2265
Tracey Cochrane, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania
(03) 6226 2937