Mutational processes acting on (plant) transposable elements
Advisor: Detlef Weigel
PhD Program: International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) 'From Molecules to Organisms'
Location: Max Planck Institute for Biology
The ability to produce telomere-to-telomere assemblies of a large number of genomes is radically transforming our understanding of genome dynamics. Previous next-generation sequencing methods were blind to many aspects of the repetitive fraction of the genome. Specifically, for transposable elements, these methods could at best determine presence-absence variation. In this project, you will track the history of tens of thousands of transposable element insertions across many genomes, which promises to reveal an entirely new view of how transposon sequences diversify and mutate over short time scales.
More information about the research of Detlef Weigel and a selection of recent publications can be found on his faculty page.
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Application deadline: 8 February 2023