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IS-TOPP-Toppfinans. av M.Curie-stipend

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN Neptune-GAN 317172

Awarded: NOK 2.2 mill.

The overall scientific aim of NEPTUNE is to solve an array of important questions in the evolution, development, neurobiology and ecology of marine animal species. We shall achieve this by adapting the powerful methods of genetic analysis and imaging currently restricted to lab model organisms for use in a diverse array of marine invertebrates. Our initial training network will provide a new generation of students with the range of multidisciplinary skills needed to take these disciplines forward into the post-genomic era It is central to our vision that such training must combine the strengths of modern technologies with a real understanding of more traditional approaches, and, with this aim in mind, our network combines laboratories working in disciplines as diverse as developmental biology, ensory physiology, palaeontology and computational genomics. Our network will provide training in a broad range of new enabling technologies available in (and pioneered by) the participating laboratories. We will give instruction in new molecular genetic techniques such as gene knockout by zinc finger nucleases and morpholino- and siRNA mediated gene knockdown; various transgenesis techniques, wholemount hybridization protocols in a multitude of organisms, and the newly developed Profiling by Image Registration (PrImR) protocol for the molecular characterization of cell types; novel approaches for single cell transcriptomics; behavioural experiments on marine larvae in specifically designed experimental setups and conditions; 3 and 4D microscopy and advanced imaging techniques; and finally, we will teach the current state-of-the-art in high-throughput transcriptome and genome sequencing and associated bioinformatics (assembly algorithms and molecular phylogeny).

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IS-TOPP-Toppfinans. av M.Curie-stipend