Computing a yeast Tree of Life

Lead Research Organisation: University of East Anglia
Department Name: Graduate Office

Abstract

Yeasts are hugely important organisms used in beer and bread making, in addition to a wide variety of bioindustries. To optimise our exploitation of the 4000+ yeast strains in the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC), we need an accurate yeast Tree of Life that encompasses the NCYC strains. However, no such tree is currently in existence.

We have recently sequenced the genomes of approximately 600 NCYC strains. The resulting dataset, potentially the largest of its kind worldwide, will enable us to compare current computational approaches to developing such a yeast Tree of Life and to further develop new Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based approaches for evolutionary tree reconstruction.

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/M011216/1 01/10/2015 30/09/2023
1786363 Studentship BB/M011216/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2020 Ann-Marie Keane
 
Description Oral presentations at British Yeast Group Meeting 2017 and 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I have presented my research project and findings to date at the annual British Yeast Group Meeting for the last two years. This is an audience of over 100 research and industry scientists working with Yeast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Poster Presentation at ISMB conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I presented a poster of my research project and findings at the International Society of Computational Biology's annual international conference, Intelligent Systems in Molecular Biology (ISMB), in Chicago, USA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Poster presentation at ISSY 2017 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I presented a poster of my project and findings to academic and industry researchers at the International Specialised Symposium on Yeast (ISSY) in 2017 in Cork, Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017