Date(s) - 26/04/2016
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
PhD research – explained in the pub!
Research students come to The Cellar House and give a short talk about their work in terms we can all understand.
Talks are followed by the opportunity to ask questions.
Each month we have a set of different speakers, talking about different subjects.
Talks are a £1 donation to enjoy, which pays for our speakers’ drinks on the evening.
Click here to read more, or if you’d like to be a PubhD speaker.
April 2016 PubhD programme:
Speakers from The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norwich.
Pilar Corredor-Moreno – Under the attack of a cereal killer
Wheat yellow rust is a devastating fungal disease that causes very important crop losses worldwide. In recent years new and more aggressive races of this fungus have appeared and are causing pandemics threating global food security. My PhD project aims to find out how wheat responds to this invasion at a genetic level to try increasing its resistance to the disease.
Ben Ward – Hopeful Hybrid Monsters
Pathogens that intimately interact with their hosts are expected to specialise over time, becoming adept at attacking only one or two hosts.
However some such pathogens are generalists, which can infect a great number of different hosts. These pathogens evolve through repeated hybridisation, mixing and matching their genes to create new strains, to keep one step ahead of their host’s strategies to fight back.
Ben White – A tale of two yams
Ricardo Ramirez – Wheat improvement: Traditional selection meets genomics.
Wheat breeding relies on having information about the characteristics of the parents, and a way to select the best crosses. Sequencing has improved the ability to discover markers to test if a plant has a feature, without the need to grow a full population. I develop tools to analyse and visualise the sequencing data.