Development of genomic resources and unravelling the genetic architecture of complex phenotypic traits in the black tiger prawn (University of Sydney & James Cook University)

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Dense SNP-based genomic maps are valuable in associating genetic loci (QTL, GWAS) with complex phenotypic traits and in understanding genome structures. They can also provide a framework for integrating various genomic data including a draft genome sequence assembly for the black tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon). In order to construct a comprehensive genome mapping resource as part of this project, a genetic linkage (LA) map and a locus ordering map based on pairwise linkage disequilbria (LODE) will be developed. These maps will then be used to create a high-density map by integrating all mapping data together and imputing all loci to their most likely position. This high-density map will then be applied to examine the architecture of commercial production traits using GWAS and QTL analyses to associate genome structures with variable phenotypic traits.


Associate Professor Peter Campbell Thomson, Dr Mehar Singh Khatkar

Research Location

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Program Type



The desired candidate will preferably have a background in molecular and quantitative genetics, along with basic skills in computational analyses.

Additional Information

There are several projects available through this program (as advertised in Research Supervisor Connect). A candidate will need to apply and secure APA/UPA, IPRS, or other equivalent scholarship. For more information on what the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding will achieve and partners please visit University of Sydney 

A/Prof Peter Thomson (
Dr Mehar Khatkar (

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phenotypic traits, black tiger prawn, prawn

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1992

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