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Postdoctoral position in Edinburgh: Nematode Genomics

Mark Blaxter mark.blaxter at ed.ac.uk
Mon Mar 20 09:11:48 EST 2000

Dear Colleague

I would be grateful if you could bring the following notice to anyone who
may be interested.


Mark Blaxter

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
in Edinburgh

The Nematode EST Project

Parasitic nematodes infect humans, animals and plants. They cause
significant disease, morbidity and mortality, and are economically very
damaging to the agricultural economies of developed and developing
The genome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has been sequenced. About
40% of the identified genes cannot be identified by database search and
appear to be C. elegans specific. Analysis of expressed sequence tags or
ESTs of the human parasite Brugia malayi shows that many of these novel
genes may in fact be nematode-specific. We suggest that work on other
economically important nematodes can benefit directly from the C. elegans
genome project  and that full understanding of the C. elegans genome may
only be achieved by comparison to other nematodes.
We have been funded by the Wellcome Trust to generate ~20,000 ESTs each
from five additional nematode species selected on the basis of their
medical, economic and research importance (see
http://www.ed.ac.uk/~mbx/small_genomes.html for more details). We are
seeking a qualified molecular biologist with experience of cDNA library
construction, and possibly also genomics or related disciplines. A
familiarity with UNIX-based biocomputing will be an advantage. The
appointee will be involved in cDNA library construction, clone selection
and extensive sequence analysis. The bulk of the sequencing will be carried
out in collaboration with the Sanger Centre, Cambridge. The post is for 24
months and is available immediately.
A parallel project is being carried out in the USA under the direction of
Dr. Jim McCarter (Washington University, St. Louis), and our programs are
designed to dovetail closely.

For background to the research please see the world wide web at
Also of relevance are
Blaxter, M. L. (1998). Caenorhabditis elegans is a nematode. Science 282,
Blaxter, M. L., et al (1999). Parasitic helminth genomics. Parasitology
118, S39-S51
Blaxter, M. L., et al (1996). Genes expressed in Brugia malayi infective
third stage larvae. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 77, 77-96
Burglin, T., Lobos, E. & Blaxter, M. L. (1998). Caenorhabditis elegans as a
model for parasitic nematodes. International Journal for Parasitology 28,

Enquiries to Dr Mark Blaxter by 12/04/00
email: Mark.Blaxter at ed.ac.uk
tel. 0131 650 6760

Further particulars including details of the application procedure should
be obtained from the Personnel Department, The University of Edinburgh,
9-16 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HT or Tel: 0131-650-2511 (24 hour
answering service). Please quote ref: 306053WW.

posted to email 20/03/00

Dr. Mark Blaxter   email  Mark.Blaxter at ed.ac.uk
Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology
Ashworth laboratories, Room 311
King's Buildings, University of Edinburgh,
West Mains Road, EDINBURGH  EH9 3JT, UK
phone: (+44) 131 650 6760  Fax :...650 5450
see  http://www.ed.ac.uk/~mbx/blaxlab.html

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