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An opportunity exists for the right new student to work towards a PhD studying MHC (okay, MH) population genetics using a unique dataset containing whole genome sequencing data from the Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) of hundreds of fish from tens of locations (see eLife: The student would be mentored by Leif Andersson, and also work closely with Brian Davis and myself here at Texas A&M.  Schools of Atlantic herring can contain billions of individuals, and this is one of the most numerous vertebrates on Earth. We have a singular opportunity to study immunogenetics with a massive collection of genomic data from fish of differing location, migration patterns, reproductive timing, and salinity adaptation. A unique feature of this species is the lack of genetic differentiation at selectively neutral loci which makes it particularly informative to study the consequences of natural selection. The student will learn how to work with NGS data. A particular focus will be to reveal the genetic organization of MHC genes, their  genetic diversity and to which extent MHC genes contribute to adaptation.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Mike Criscitiello for more information.