We are seeking expressions of interest for two postdoc and one phd positions. The formal selection process will be announced soon (April 2020 for the postdocs, June 2020 for the phd), but we ask to all interested candidates to send their CV and contact details of two references as soon as possible. We expect the postdocs to start about June (negotiable), while the phd student will be enrolled in November.

The phd and one postdoc positions will be both based at the University of Ferrara, and will mainly focus on the population genomics analyses under the supervision of Giorgio Bertorelle. The second postdoc position will be based at the University of Trieste under the supervision of Marco Gerdol, and will focus on the de novo assembly and annotation of the genomes of the five target species. There will be a regular interaction among students and researchers from all units, sharing and discussing the advancements in every topic relevant to the project. This will contribute to the scientific growth of graduate students and postdocs in many different fields: genomics, population genetics, evolution, conservation biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology.

The salary for the phd student is fixed nationally and will be 1140 Euros per month. The salary for the postdoc will be around 1500-1600 Euros (negotiable) per month.

For any question, please contact Giorgio Bertorelle, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Marco Gerdol (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

In order to be able to carry out experiments at the University of Padua in the future, we needed to know how sperms vitality is affected by being transferred by car for a couple of hours. We carried out a pilot delivery test. Here an image of sperms under a microscope. Follow the link to see the excellent vitality after two days from emission.



Friday, 05 July 2019 15:55

Sampling Lauretta

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June 26th, 2019

The beautiful female bear Lauretta, hosted at the visitor centre of the PNALM in Pescasseroli, allowed us to take an oral biopsy and a blood sample. Cell culture is already in progress (see first fibroblasts in the last picture) and will be used to measure mitochondrial performances. Both blood and tissue samples will be used for de-novo genome assembly of the Apennine bear. 


Thanks to all the people who helped during the sampling, and a special thank to the Park staff!

A video of Lauretta awakening from anesthesia is available at https://youtu.be/XCNyl0VwRd0


Wednesday, 19 June 2019 08:23

Collection of gametes

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 07:58

Preliminary trials

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We went to Orzinuovi (BS) for the Adriatic sturgeon reproductions of this year. The idea was to take the opportunity of these reproductions to perform preliminary tests that will be precious for the reproductions of 2020.

In particular we were worried about the possibility to transfer alive sperms to the University of Padova. 

Il sostanziale cambiamento del paesaggio dell'isola di Ponza, legato al progressivo abbandono delle pratiche agricole tradizionali, avvenuto su tutto l'arcipelago Pontino nel corso della seconda metà del ’900 e in particolare negli ultimi 30 anni, potrebbe essere una delle cause del declino della popolazione di questa farfalla endemica di queste isole.

The doctoral project will specifically focus on the Adriatic sturgeon (Acipenser naccarii), a critically endangered sturgeon Endemic to Italy, and will include both field and laboratory activities.

The PhD project has the following goals:
a) assess the degree of accumulation of potentially deleterious mutations in the small residual population of the Adriatic sturgeon;
b) evaluate the effect of inbreeding on the fitness of 6 inbred and 6 outbred groups of fingerlings, generated by controlled reproduction, by estimating behavioural and physiological variables;
c) identify a panel of ~4,000 SNPs with alleles predicted to be deleterious will be typed in larvae from each cross to infer the pattern of load segregation and the association with the fitness estimates and the crosses (inbred vs. outbred).
d) evaluate the effects of different rearing conditions on the expected survival of released individuals.

The selected candidate is expected be fully involved in the organization, conduction and data analyses of the in vivo experiments that will last the entire first year of activity, supported by post-doctoral fellows and by undergraduate students. In the following years the candidate will be also responsible for the genotyping and related data analyses and will have a primary role in many other planned activities. Finally, the candidate will be in continuous interaction with the other research groups in charge of generating and analysing genomic data.
Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to get additional details about the project.

Opening of the official announcement: April 8th 2019

Application deadline: May 17th 2019

Starting: Oct 1st, 2018

For more information:

University of Padova http://www.unipd.it/en/
Department of Biology https://www.biologia.unipd.it/en/
PhD School in Biosciences https://dottorato.biologia.unipd.it/

The experiments to evaluate the effect of inbreeding on the fitness of the Adriatic sturgeon (Acipenser naccarii) will be hosted by the Oasi le Sorgenti in the Dueville wood, close to the pure sources of the Bacchiglione river.

Here some pictures of this amazing site.