Genomics and Trait Architecture

Our research aims to better understand genome architecture and evolution, as well as the genomic and molecular basis of phenotypic trait variation. A recurrent theme of our research in this area involves studying genomic differences within and between species, providing insights into genomic and phenotypic evolution of this diverse genus. Genomics and molecular biology are rapidly evolving fields and the boundaries of what is achievable are constantly expanding. In particular, the 2014 release of the Eucalyptus reference genome sequence, coupled with continual developments in genotyping and analytical techniques, have stimulated research efforts in eucalypt genomics world-wide.

We are looking for Honours and PhD students in projects such as:

  • Comparative genomics; understanding differences in genome structure among eucalypts e.g. Comparative genomic analysis of flowering-related genes in eucalypts
  • Recombination rate; how it varies across the genome, how this variation relates to genomic attributes
  • Population genomics; the genomic distribution of diversity and divergence
  • Trait architecture; the genomic architecture underlying phenotypic trait variation
  • MicroRNA control of vegetative phase change in Eucalyptus globulus

Contact: Jules Freeman, Rebecca Jones or René Vaillancourt



Matrix plot providing evidence for high synteny between every chromosome (1 to 11) for E. globulus and E. grandis (Source: Hudson et al. (2012) Tree Genetics & Genomics 8: 339-352 )