rDNAome - GANLEY Laboratory

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Research

Our lab is primarily interested in the function and evolution of the ribosomal DNA repeats (rDNA) in eukaryotes. In particular, we are interested in the so-called extra-coding functions of the rDNA. These are functions that the rDNA exhibits in addition to the primary function of encoding ribosomal RNA. These extra-coding functions affect many aspects of cell biology and some are responsible for the unusual evolutionary behaviour of the rDNA, known as concerted evolution. We investigate the rDNA using both molecular and computational approaches. We also maintain interests in repeat biology in general, fungal evolution, and mushrooms.
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People

Austen GanleyAusten Ganley (Lab head)
Austen completed his BSc, BSc(Hons) and PhD in Genetics all at Massey University. From there he managed to escape the clutches of Palmerston North and voyaged to another “south” – Southern USA, to post-doc in the mushroom lab of Rytas Vilgalys at Duke University in North Carolina. After a series of cultural exchanges involving mushroom
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News

  • Bye to Melody and Michelle
    Michelle Cao and Melody Tang are leaving the lab after 6 months helping out in the lab. Thanks for all the hard work, and best wishes for your future studies!! (09/11/2017)
  • AGTA meeting in Hobart
    Austen has just got back from the AGTA meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, where he was an invited speaker. Great conference highlighting some of the cutting edge stuff going on in genomics. (09/11/2017)
  • 10 year resolution
    Coming up to the 10 year anniversary of the rDNAome lab! And I'm going to make a 10-year resolution: keep the homepage more updated! (09/11/2017)
  • New position at University of Auckland!!
    Somewhat belatedly, this is announcing that the rDNAome has moved to the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland! We're looking forward to working with everyone here. Daria, Megan, Jess and Diksha are the inaugural members of the University of Auckland's rDNAome lab! (27/04/2016)
  • Congratulations – Megan won student Lorne Genome poster prize!
    Congratulations to Megan Schischka, who won one of the student poster prizes at the 2016 Lorne Genome meeting. Fantastic achievement!! (17/02/2016)

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