The release of the first human reference genome in 2003 marked the beginning of the post-genomics era when genetics progressed beyond gene-centered analyses to a myriad of omics approaches. Genome sequencing technologies have advanced dramatically from Sanger, second/next-generation, to third-generation sequencing platforms. Also, genome assembly methods and tools have evolved contemporaneously, resulting in a dramatic drop in genome assembly cost. Consequently, more than 360 plant species’ genomes have been assembled ever since the first plant genome, Arabidopsis thaliana, was published in 2000.
In recent years, genetics and genomics has played an important role in facilitating the genetic improvement of plants. Different tools have been developed to examine the structure, function, and properties of genes controlling complex traits. The genetic diversity of germplasm found in existing gene banks through different breeding populations such as core collections, nested association mapping panels, mutants, recombinant inbred lines, and multiparent advance generation intercross populations in germplasm banks served as sources of desirable alleles for plant breeding.
Continued from Program on Health… After his training as Fogarty Fellow at the Center for Global Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine (Dr. Richard Guerrant’s Lab), he returned to his home country to share his knowledge and skills gained from the program for the control of infectious diseases relevant to the Philippines. Despite advancement […]
Program Director, DNA Sequencing Core Facility, Philippine Genome Center
PhD, Nagoya University, Japan
Assistant Professor, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
University of the Philippines Diliman
Research Areas: Molecular biology and biochemistry of insecticide resistance, Functional genomics
PhD, University of the Philippines Diliman
Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of the Philippines Diliman
Mantaring-Gervasio Professorial Chair
Director, Computational Genomics and Systems Biology Program, Philippine Genome Center
Dr. Cheryl P. Andam is an Assistant Professor on Microbial Ecology at the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire, USA was in the country from July 10 to August 8, 2017 as a Balik Scientist Program awardee hosted by the Philippine Genome Center.
Dr. Aguda is a multidisciplinary scientist who started his scientific career as a theoretical-physical chemist investigating the nonlinear dynamics of complex biochemical reaction systems, developing methods for predicting interaction network instabilities and the construction of predictive computational models.
Why are genomes the way they are? Why do they harbor elements that have no obvious function? Through what mechanism do they respond to changes in the environment or invasion by a foreign genome?