GACT: Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits
Through this research, we will increase our understanding of the genetics of complex traits in S cerevisiae and other organisms, from evolutionary aspects of adaptation in populations to understanding the nature of disease. We will find ways to build tools for use in other systems that will enable us to measure complexity and to understand how this complexity interferes with our understanding of biology. And we will also develop better yeast - improving fermentation and leading to new products.
Based within the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and the Department of Genetics, GACT will interact with mathematicians, informaticians, genomics researchers, systems and synthetic biologists, and geneticists in a multidisciplinary approach to these complex problems.
The Director of GACT is Professor Ed Louis.
Group members October 2014
PhD opportunities in GACT:
Research topics include quantitative trait analysis of a number of phenotypes from basic evolutionarily/environmentally important traits (such as those involved in adaptation to particular niches) to more applied (such as robustness in biofuel processes and fermentation properties). We also are actively studying telomeres and subtelomeres in Saccharomyces yeasts and have an interest in subtelomeres of parasites and pathogens. Informal queries can be made to Ed Louis (email@example.com) and more information can be found at research degrees in genetics.