About the Project
In order to elucidate the mechanisms of genomic imprinting in bumblebees we need to deliver three aims:
1. to identify genes that show parent of origin allele specific expression in different brain regions.
2. to identify genes that show parent of origin allele specific methylation in different brain regions.
3. to identify genes that show parent of origin allele specific histone modifications in different brain regions.
The proposed project will use next generation sequencing and reciprocally crossed bumblebee colonies to elucidate the mechanisms of genomic imprinting. The Mallon lab has pioneered the study of epigenetics in this system.
We are now at the dawn of a very exciting time having the extraordinary opportunity to dissect the epigenetic code and genomic imprinting with unprecedented detail and from both mechanistic and evolutionary points of view using population genetics and molecular biology approaches. Understanding the mechanisms of genomic imprinting in this system will allow us to ask deeper questions of genomic imprinting’s evolutionary origin, its role in this important pollinator’s biology and the commonalities and differences of genomic imprinting in different systems.
UK/EU applicants only.
Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1 or better in a relevant subject.
The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable: https://le.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/entry-reqs/eng-lang-reqs/ielts-65
How to apply:
Please refer carefully to the application guidance and apply using the online application link at
Also complete the MIBTP form at https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mibtp/pgstudy/phd_opportunities/application/
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UK/EU fees and stipend at UKRI rates for 2020 this will be £15,.285
2. Pegoraro, M., Marshall, H., Lonsdale, Z.N., & Mallon, E.B. (2017) Do social insects support Haig's kin theory for the evolution of genomic imprinting? Epigenetics 12(9) pp 725 - 742
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