Investigating the genomic diversity of the adaptive and innate immune systems in wild pigs and peccaries

Summary

This project focuses on elucidating the genetic diversity and differentiation of the adaptive and innate immune systems in wild pigs (Suidae) and peccaries (Tayassuidae) 

Supervisor(s)

Dr Jaime Gongora

Research Location

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

This project will focus on the genetic diversity of different components of the immune system including he major histocompatibility complex and complement system across wild pig species from Africa, Europe and Asia and peccaries from the Americas. This project aims to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of evolution that have been shaping the diversity of wild pigs and peccaries in the last 35 million years. There is also the scope within this project to investigate MHC disease association including local adaptation of some of these species to some pathogens. This project will involved analyses of next generation sequencing data already available and validation using latest and traditional molecular genetic approaches.

Additional Information

Supervisor Profile:

http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/about/staff/profiles/jaime.gongora.php

Scholarships:

International students interested in this project could apply for IPRS (http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/prospective/international_postgraduate_scholarships.shtml) and local students for APA/UPA (http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/research/postgraduate_awards.shtml) scholarships.

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Keywords

wild pigs, peccaries, pigs

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2001

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