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.

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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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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