Friday, November 9, 2012

Urška's PhD defense

Three weeks ago, Urška defended her PhD “Genetic background of coloration and color pattern formation in trout”, mentored by Simona Sušnik Bajec.

To identify and characterize genes potentially involved in skin coloration and color pattern formation in marble trout (Salmo marmoratus), she compared skin transcriptome profiles from marble trout, brown trout (S. trutta), and marble trout x brown trout hybrids exhibiting the marble color pattern, using a salmonid 32K cDNA microarray.

Thesis highlights: •transcription analysis revealed seven genes that are differentially expressed between marble and brown trout and are involved in the biological process of animal pigmentation •the formation of marble color pattern in trout depends on wnt signaling pathway •the origin of marble color pattern is based on reaction-diffusion mechanism.

It was a very nice presentation, actually for most of us her first public appearance on the stage.

Just before the presentation started (no worries evident)…

…and just after it face to face with passionate fisherman prof. dr. Rado Komel, a member of examination board.

All's well that ends well.

Let’s see what Darwin says about it.

Kinsfolk never give up.

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