Academic Venture Fund - 2011

Harnessing Genomics to Advance Biodiversity and Conservation Research

Diseased frog on a leaf

Comparative genomics has revolutionized genetic analysis in model taxa with full reference genome sequences—species now including human, mouse, and fruit fly. Harnessing these advances for application to natural populations of organisms will transform conservation biology by providing methods for analyzing adaptive variation across environments and enabling management strategies that increase functional diversity. This project will improve the efficiency of genomic algorithms for applications beyond the fully sequenced species.

Investigators: Matthew Hare, Ian Hewson, Alex Travis, Kelly Zamudio