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Wellcome Trust Blog

Scientist looking at sequencing autorad.

Kathryn Lougheed on the difficult career choices facing postdoctoral scientists.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and not necessarily those of the Wellcome Trust.

October was a milestone for me; a milestone that, in the darkest moments of failed experiments and contaminated cultures, feels as if it will be metaphorically tied around my scientific career and pushed off a bridge. This is because October marked the ten-year anniversary of starting my PhD and, simultaneously, the point at which scientific funders deem me too experienced to apply for a junior fellowship.

I’ve been a postdoc for six years and have known for some time now that, as much I love the freedom to focus on research without the pressure of writing grant applications or teaching undergraduates, this isn’t a permanent career option. A postdoc is meant to be a stepping stone on to bigger and better…

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Leader of a consortium of scientists from ten countries: Dr. Rajeev Varshney

Chickpea: Cicer arietinum (2n = 2x = 16) genome-a rich resource for trait improvement

Important features:

  • Second most widely grown legume crop after soybean
  • ~738-Mb draft whole genome shotgun sequence of a kabuli chickpea variety
  • Total no of genes: 28,269 genes
  • Resequencing and analysis of 90 cultivated and wild genotypes from ten countries
  • Traits that distinguish the two main market classes of cultivated chickpea—desi and kabuli were highlighted
  • This will eventually move us closer to the goal of improving the livelihood and productivity of chickpea farmers worldwide, with particular emphasis on the resource-poor, marginal environments of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

For more detail, read the original paper on Nature Biotech website.

Chickpea  Microarray

The development of a microarray platform for chickpea represents a milestone, which is expected to accelerate functional and applied genomics research in chickpea worldwide: Dr. Mukesh Jain, NIPGR

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High-Throughput SNP Discovery and Genotyping for Constructing a Saturated Linkage Map of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

Gene Discovery and Tissue-Specific Transcriptome Analysis in Chickpea with Massively Parallel Pyrosequencing and Web Resource Development

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Monsanto’s Beachell–Borlaug International Scholars Program

  • Is open to students worldwide who are seeking a Ph.D. in rice or wheat plant breeding
  • Provides a full package of support, including a generous student stipend, tuition, applicable fees, health insurance, research fees and travel, as well as funds for research at the collaborating institution and for the advising professor
  • Supports student projects that develop advanced breeding techniques and fulfill the requirement of conducting at least one season of field work in a developing country, in order to experience breeding in the field

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Plant Breeding and Genetics or related area
  • Be enrolled or accepted in a Ph.D. rice or wheat breeding program and meet all entrance requirements
  • Be advised by a professor at the university where the degree will be awarded
  • Be eligible to attend school and/or conduct research work in a foreign country
  • Include experiential learning in both developed and developing countries
    • Developed countries defined as Australia, Canada, Western Europe and the U.S.
    • Developing countries defined as all countries other than Australia, Canada, Western Europe and the U.S.
  • For students enrolled in universities in Australia, Canada, Western Europe and the U.S., the collaborating institution’s professor/scientist must be located in a developing country. For students enrolled in universities from all other countries, the collaborating institution’s professor/scientist must be located in Australia, Canada, Western Europe or the U.S. Collaboration with CGIAR center scientists/professors augment the quality of the application but do not fulfill the developed country requirement of the program.

If applicants are currently enrolled for Ph.D. studies, they must have two or more years remaining in their Ph.D. program, in order to be eligible for this fellowship program.


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Monsanto scholarship for Ph.D. video

What is open access publishing in scinetific research – talk by jonathan eisen

  1. Comparative Analysis of Zinc Finger Proteins Involved in Plant Disease Resistance

PLoS ONE 7(8): e42578. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042578


2. The single functional blast resistance gene Pi54 activates a complex defence mechanism in rice

Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol. 63, No. 2, pp. 757–772, 2012 doi:10.1093/jxb/err297




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