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

  • 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)
  • Saumya’s paper accepted for publication!
    Saumya's paper on a computational method to determine the complete rDNA sequence of an organism has just been accepted for publication in Methods in Molecular Biology!! (26/10/2015)
  • Research Team Medal Award
    Austen is a part of the Massey BioProtection team that has just won the Massey University Team Research Medal!! The other members of the team are Barry Scott, Rosie Bradshaw, Murray Cox, Carla Eaton, and Pierre-Yves Dupont. You can find the announcement here. (08/10/2015)
  • Megan is accepted into the PhD program
    Megan Schischka has been accepted in the PhD program, and so we look forward to her starting her PhD in cancer biology, as part of the Marsden funded project. (31/08/2015)

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