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Genomics Aotearoa seminar series

Our zoom-based seminar happens every second Friday. It's free to attend - just subscribe here to receive notifications.

  • Developing genomic resources of the haku/warehenga (Yellowtail Kingfish, S.lalandi) to support Māori-led aquaculture

    Carla Finn (Victoria University of Wellington)

    The aquaculture industry of Aotearoa relies heavily on the farming of three species, which includes only one finfish species (the non-indigenous king salmon). To enhance food security and better support local communities, The Smart Māori Aquaculture initiative has identified haku/warehenga as a high-potential indigenous finfish for aquaculture. However, genetic information for wild haku populations surrounding Aotearoa is limited; this project will develop new genomic resources for this species to support the aquaculture initiative.

  • Ruatau: connecting Māori genomic scientists and communities

    Dr Catherine Colins (University of Otago)

    Catherine is a Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago. Her research focuses on population genomics of animals whose distributions have been influenced by humans transporting them, and subsequent interactions between humans and these animals.

  • Epigenetic clocks for age prediction

    Dafni Anastasiadi (Plant and Food Research)

    Dafni Anastasiadi is a scientist at Plant and Food Research Nelson. Her research interests focus on the role of epigenetics in eco-evolutionary processes using marine species as models. Her work has produced results with far-reaching implications in the epigenetics field, including the first epigenetic clock to accurately predict age in fish.

  • He Kākano – The Aotearoa Māori Variome Resource

    Professor Stephen Robertson and Associate Professor Phil Wilcox (University of Otago)

    Stephen Robertson is the Curekids Professor Paediatric Genetics at the University of Otago University. Phillip Wilcox (Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Te Aitanga a Mahaki) is trained in molecular and quantitative genetics and has a background in both genomics and te ao Māori.

  • Defence and counter-defence strategies in the phage-bacterium arms race

    Professor Peter Fineran (University of Otago)

    Bacteria have evolved ‘immune systems’ as a result of their constant exposure to foreign mobile genetic elements, including bacteriophages and plasmids. Recently, there have been major advances in our understanding of these systems and the different strategies that phages have evolved to evade these immune mechanisms. This talk will present recent research into bacterial defence systems and phage counter-defences.

Past seminars

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  • Should I trust my bioinformatic tools?

    Paul Gardner (University of Otago)
  • Seeing evolution through a cladistic blindfold. The challenges of thinking about evolving lineages in a world of taxa

    Dr Ronald Jenner (Natural History Museum, London)
  • Privacy and the world of DTC (Direct to Consumer) - data breaches are already happening

    Andelka Phillips (University of Oxford) and Jan Charbonneau (University of Tasmania)
  • Invasomics for Biosecurity

    Manpreet Dhami (Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research), Ang McGaughran (University of Waikato)
  • The power of sharing detailed methods: credit, preservation, and reproducibility

    Dr Gabriel Gasque (, Berkeley, CA)
  • Where an interest in genomes can take you

    Richard Newcomb (Plant & Food Research)
  • Asia-Pacific Genetics Seminar: Ecological genetics of adaptation and speciation in sticklebacks

    Professor Jun Kitano (National Institute of Genetics)

    This seminar is part of the Asia Pacific Genetics Seminar Series.

  • Think before you spit - privacy perceptions in the context of direct-to-consumer genetic testing

    Andelka Phillps (University of Queensland)
  • Adaptations to physicochemical stress: some like it salty and some like it hot

    Associate Professor Kim Handley (University of Auckland)

    This seminar is part of the Asia Pacific Genetics Seminar Series.

  • Conservation genomics and the hihi, a threatened Aotearoa New Zealand passerine

    Laura Duntsch (University of Auckland)
  • Species-wide genomics of kākāpō provides transformational tools to accelerate recovery

    Joseph Guhlin (University of Otago)
  • Expanding studies of global genomic diversity with complete, telomere-to-telomere (T2T) assemblies

    Karen Miga (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Genomic Solutions: underpinning, implementation and impact 

    Shannon Clarke (AgResearch)
  • Ecological genomics of forest tree adaptation in the face of climate change

    Santiago C. González-Martínez (INRAE and University of Bordeaux (France))
  • Using genomics to understand the evolution of New Zealand terrestrial invertebrates

    Thomas Buckley (Manaaki Whenua Landcare)
  • From epigenome-wide discovery to clinical utility, delivering on the promise of ‘precision’ cardiovascular disease risk prediction

    Professor Greg Jones (University of Otago)
  • Environmental viruses and their influence on the microbial dynamics of aquatic ecosystems

    Michael Hoggard (University of Auckland)
  • Lessons for conservation biology and human genetics from Zoonomia (alignment of 241 Eutherian mammals)

    Patrick Sullivan (University of North Carolina + Karolina Institute)
  • Wild strawberries as a model to investigate regulatory mechanisms of strawberry reproduction

    Professor Zhongchi Liu (Maryland University)
  • A whole-genome approach to resolve the genetic structure of Antipodean and Gibson’s albatross populations

    Imogen Foote (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Inteins as a tool to trace the transfer of genetic information

    Peter Gogarten (University of Connecticut)
  • The Kiwifruit Breeding Centre and critical issues on breeding faster

    Roger Hellens (Kiwifruit Breeding Centre)
  • Nanopore sequencing for cattle breeding

    Elizabeth Ross (University of Queensland)
  • Gene editing in perennial tree crops; why, how, what?

    Andrew Allan (University of Auckland)
  • The Human Pangenome Reference Consortium (HPRC): Facing the ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) of human pangenome construction

    Alice Popejoy and Nanibaa' Garrison
  • Why is it so hard to actually do reproducible research in computational biology? Lessons learnt from a bioinformatician's past self

    Leah Kemp
  • Acute Care Genomics: rapid rare disease diagnosis on a national scale

    Kirsten Boggs (Sydney Children's Hospitals Network) and Zornitza Stark (Victorian Clinical Genetics Services) 

    Seminar recording on youTube.

  • The goals of the HPRC, and broader application of the methods to other species

    Karen Miga (UC Santa Cruz)
    Ann McCartney (NIH/NHGRI)

    Seminar recording on YouTube.

  • Baleen whale olfaction: Do whales smell?

    April Jauhal (University of Auckland)

    A recording of this seminar is available on request.

  • Long Read Sequencing: Options, Applications and Bioinformatics

    Cecilia Deng (Plant & Food Research)
  • Bilberry genome assembly – how identifying a complex loci is a step closer to breeding a novel anthocyanin-enriched red-fleshed blueberry

    Richard Espley and Chen Wu (Plant & Food Research)
  • Ka mua ka muri: Why understanding the Pacific past is important for Pacific genomic research today

    Lisa Matisoo-Smith (University of Otago)
  • High impact mutation discovery in cattle

    Matthew Littlejohn (LIC)
  • Examining marine biogeographical patterns and trophic interactions in Antarctica through eDNA

    Gert-Jan Jeunen (University of Otago)
  • Fitting for purpose: Experiences in genomics education

    Thierry Lints (University of Auckland)
  • Palaeogenomics of prehistoric New Zealand 

    Dr Nic Rawlence (University of Otago)

    If you'd like to view the recording, please contact Nic Rawlence directly.

  • AgBioData: Reimagining a sustainable data network to accelerate agricultural research and discovery

    Sook Jung (Washington State University)
  • Genome-wide analysis reveals the genetic stock structure of hoki (Macruronus novaezelandiae) 

    Emily Koot (Plant and Food Research)
  • Ancestors: A history of Britain through burials

    Professor Alice Roberts (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Real-time sequencing of SARS-CoV-2, how tiny genomes can make a big difference

    Joep de Ligt ESR
  • The application of genomics in fisheries science: a population study of Australasian snapper (Chrysophrys auratus) in New Zealand

    Tom Oosting
  • The freshwater sponge Ephydatia muelleri: a multifaceted tool for tracing genome evolution across the animal tree of life.

    Nathan Kenny (University of Otago)
  • The Clinical Genomics Diagnostic Project

    Stephen Robertson University of Otago
  • Genomes of New Zealand entomopathogens- collected adventures of an amateur.

    Travis Glare (Bio-Protection Research Centre)
  • Sponge (meta- and epi-)genomes as windows into animal evolution.

    Maja Adamska (Australian National University)
  • Genomics observatories for discovery, conservation, and collective benefits.

    Libby Liggins (Massey University)
  • Aotearoa Genomic Data Repository project: building a Treaty-compliant data archive for New Zealand's taonga species

    Mik Black (University of Otago)
  • Restless slumber: Transcriptional dynamics during winter diapause drives the rapid evolution of seasonality in a temperate fly

    Eddy Dowle (University of Otago)
  • Environmental DNA for biodiversity, biosecurity, global health and monster hunting

    Neil Gemmell (University of Otago)
  • The latest technologies applied to producing highly-contiguous, complete, telomere to telomere genome assemblies

    Sergey Koren (National Human Genome Research Institute)
  • Going beyond SNPs: Inversions as facilitators of eco-evolutionary change

    Maren Wellenreuther (University of Auckland)
  • Reflections on the giant genome of the giant weta

    Manpreet Dhami (Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research)
  • Genetic methods for the control of honey bee parasites and pathogens

    Phil Lester (Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Exploring ecosystems with ancient and environmental DNA

    Mike Bunce (Environmental Protection Authority)
  • The disruptive nature of portable sequencing for community empowerment

    Miles Benton (ESR)
  • Genetics, race, and scientific bias: A history

    Adam Rutherford (UCL, author)
  • Tracking COVID-19 in New Zealand using genomics

    Jemma Geoghegan (University of Otago)
  • Assembling the platinum quality genome of the stoat to manage this invasive species in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Andrew Veale (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research)
  • Clinical genomics and the need for speed, scalability, portability, reproducibility and interpretability

    Leah Kemp (ESR)
  • Synthetic biology considerations at the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

    Dan Tompkins (Predator Free 2050)
  • Genetic diversity and biocontrol in Argentine stem weevils

    Tom Harrop (University of Otago)
  • A matchmaker’s guide to critically endangered New Zealand birds with implications for conservation breeding programmes worldwide

    Tammy Steeves (University of Canterbury)
  • Our current challenges in cancer genomics - and what experts in primary industry and environmental genomics can teach us

    Cris Print and team (University of Auckland)
  • Imputation to whole genome sequence from a primary industry perspective

    Andrew Hess (AgResearch)
  • Genomic epidemiology of the 2019 aspergillosis outbreak in kākāpō

    David Winter (Massey University)
  • Leveraging statistical genomics for the conservation of the critically endangered kākāpō

    Lara Urban (University of Otago)
  • Developing guidelines for genomic research with taonga species

    Maui Hudson (University of Waikato)
  • Evolutionary genomics of colour patterns: tales of snapdragons and butterflies

    Annabel Whibley (University of Auckland)
  • Genome-wide patterns of genetic differentiation and demographic history in mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) grown on indigenous Māori land

    David Chagné (Plant & Food Research)
  • Fighting salinity like a microbe: Understanding salinity tolerance mechanisms in a dynamic estuarine system

    Carmen Astudillo-Garcia & Kim Handley (University of Auckland)
  • Developing an online epigenome-wide analysis tool: Lessons learnt along the way

    Greg Jones & Basharat Bhat (University of Otago)
  • Applying natural language processing methods to biological sequences

    Joseph Guhlin (University of Otago)
  • What the honeybee genome might teach us about human health

    Peter Dearden (Director of Genomics Aotearoa)