The adaptive and innate immune systems of crocodilians


This project focuses on characterising and investigating the evolution and diversity of the adaptive and innate systems and their association with diseases in crocodilians, with a focus in particular on saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. 


Dr Jaime Gongora

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Sydney School of Veterinary Science

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This project will focus on the diversity of the major histocompatibility complex and complement system to identify the rearrangements and gain and/or loss of genes. Also within the scope of the project is MHC diversity among populations of saltwater and freshwater crocodiles and disease association studies of relevance to the crocodile industry. This project will involve analyses of genome sequence and RNA-Seq data and use of deep amplicon sequencing, DNA capture and traditional molecular genetic approaches.  

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innate immune systems crocodilians RNA-Seq data DNA saltwater and freshwater crocodiles

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2107

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